Powerful Anti-ECT Video

My talented friend over at Materialistic Psychiatry recently created a powerful and informative anti-ECT video.

TRIGGER WARNINGS: disturbing imagery, shock machine brochures, suicide references.

 

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Dr. Daniel Fisher on ECT | Psych Central


Read the entire presentation here

Shock and Suicide: The Poll Results

Thank you to all who participated in the shock and suicide poll! Here are the results!

13 responders had this to say about their experience with electroshock:

Did you experience any of the following from shock induced brain damage and/or disability?

shock and suicide multiple choice responses

Do you have any other thoughts you want to share with the public about electroshock and suicide?

“My story already posted in after-shock!”
“If I was told how I would feel, five, ten, fifteen years after shock. I would have said HELL NO to shock, HELL NO, I’d rather you cut off my right arm. Seriously. Also, I would like to ask Doctors who prescribe Shock or perform Shock, “Would you recieve shock if you were depressed, or would you suggest it for a loved one if they were depressed?” There is not enough told to patients about Shock, the permanent amnesia, BRAIN DAMAGE. I was told I would lose three months, before and three months after. Whole chunks and blocks of my memory of my whole life are gone. It’s infuriating as well as I feel a deep deep sadness, worse than any depression I felt before I was given Shock. I feel suicidal, daily. DON’T DO IT! I so WISH someone said that to me!”
“It is disgusting that there are shock docs today still advocating for and administering this lunatic procedure. They must be stopped.”
“I have never been that suicidal ever in my life before. But electroshock triggered a mania with psychotic tendencies and I became deeply suicidal and was so for almost three years when it finally lifted by itself. I have never before or after in my life been in such a state. It was traumatising along with the electroshock itself. I was very close to not surviving. Electroshock is very popular in Sweden – where I live – and they shock about 4000 people yearly here with a small population of 9,6 million. Numbers are increasing with about 200 people yearly. And no one is questioning this.”
“I think ECT patients should be required to have an MRI and neuropsychological testing done BEFORE the ECT is started and every year after for the following 10 years. This would be the best research. I’ve noticed that when people evaluate the effects of ECT, sometimes they’re looking at patients 3-6 months after treatment. At that time, patients are still in the thick of it and don’t know the damage the ECT caused. As someone with memory loss, you don’t know what you don’t know. You learn how much damage you start trying to work and live like normal and other people tell you what you don’t remember and you start struggling with work. Don’t survey the patient, survey their family. The family notices when you don’t remember your own life. As the one with memory loss, you don’t know what you don’t know. ECT causes memory loss, but also disability. It’s humiliating being on disability. It’s embarrassing meeting people you knew prior to ECT and having to tell them you have no idea who they are. After ECT, you’re still depressed, but now you have PTSD and shame from having a dark secret that you don’t want anyone to know, that you had ECT.”
This type of informal data collection is an example of ways survivors can take charge by helping create statistics without having to go through mental health organizations and without the sway of the psychiatric industry.
The form is still open for those who want to contribute. Scroll down to access it. I will update this post in a few months.
If wondering what all this is about, click here to read the accompanying article.
Thanks again to all who participated! Lets do this again soon 🙂

Shock and Suicide, Part 3: Further Reading

Here are some of the resources I drew upon in organizing the shock and suicide posts and Talk with Tenney Episode. They are invaluable to understanding this topic.

I urge you to read up and form your own understanding on the issue of electroshock and suicide. There are more sources in my previous shock and suicide post bibliography.

Phil Hickey Mad in America  ECT efficacy analysis and critique

 

Peter Breggin Electroshock: scientific, ethical, and

political issues*

 

Hamilton depression scale

this scoring system is often used in rating a person’s level of depression in shock studies

 

Shock Treatment: Efficacy, Memory Loss, and Brain Damage – Psychiatry’s Don’t Look, Don’t Tell Policy

 

Doctors of Deception

The Leonard Frank Shock Quotationary

Shock Placebo Study 

 

References

Andre, L. (2009). Doctors of deception: What they don’t want you to know about shock treatment. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press.

Breggin, P. R. (1998, January). http://www.ectresources.org/ECTscience/Breggin_1998_ECT__Overview.pdf. Retrieved January 5, 2016, from http://www.ectresources.org/ECTscience/Breggin_1998_ECT__Overview.pdf

Frank, L. R. (2006). http://psychiatrized.org/LeonardRoyFrank/FromTheFilesOfLeonardRoyFrank.htm. Retrieved January 5, 2016, from http://www.endofshock.com/102C_ECT.PDF

Hickey, P. (2006, November 21). http://www.madinamerica.com/2013/11/electroconvulsive-therapy-ect-effective/. Retrieved January 5, 2016, from http://www.madinamerica.com/2013/11/electroconvulsive-therapy-ect-effective/

http://healthnet.umassmed.edu/mhealth/HAMD.pdf. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://healthnet.umassmed.edu/mhealth/HAMD.pdf

Ross, C. (2006). http://www.ectresources.org/ECTscience/Ross_2006___Sham_ECT_Literatures.pdf. Retrieved from http://www.ectresources.org/ECTscience/Ross_2006___Sham_ECT_Literatures.pdf

Warneron, R. (n.d.). http://akmhcweb.org/ncarticles/RichardWarneronShockTreatment.pdf. Retrieved January 5, 2016, from http://akmhcweb.org/ncarticles/RichardWarneronShockTreatment.pdf

Shock and Suicide, Part 2: The Two Sides of ECT

Trigger warnings: 
details of suicide relating to electroshock 
risks and details of effects of electroshock
pro-shock comments

 

 

In 2011, Psychiatrist and shock proponent Sarah Lisanby delivered an impassioned speech to the FDA for shock machines safety reclassification hearings.

She appealed to her authority as a credentialed, practicing psychiatrist as well as the authority and logic of scientific studies that form the foundation she based her claims of shocks safety and its “miraculous healing properties” on. (made available to those in attendance, but absent from the speech transcript posted on psych central website).

Lisanby pulled at the heartstrings with stories of hopelessly depressed people un-helped by drugs, on the brink of suicide. People that may be deprived of this “lifesaving treatment,” due to lack of access created by  safety restriction barriers, and archaic beliefs and prejudices against this “treatment” because of its dark, violent past.

Dr. Lisanby then went deeper down the emotional and authority appeal road by telling a first-hand experience with a loved one whose life she claimed was saved by electroshock.

Read the entire transcript, here

Every time I read this speech, besides stirring up a mix of anger, nausea and panic, I’m perplexed because the ECT she’s talking about is nothing like the ECT I, and countless other survivors have experienced.

The rest of the post will explore the two sides of ECT by highlighting the  contrast between Dr. Lisanby’s claims that ECT is life-saving and miraculous, with various experts and people whose lives have been destroyed or in some cases, ended by this supposedly “life saving procedure.”

The two sides of ECT

Depression kills while ECT saves lives. “

~Psychiatrist Sarah Lisanby, FDA shock reclassification hearings, 1/27/11

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“Scientific evidence and peer-reviewed medical literature supports the safety and efficacy of ECT.”

~Psychiatrist Sarah Lisanby, FDA shock reclassification hearings, 1/27/11

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“…the sham ECT literature supports the conclusions that: real ECT is no more effective than placebo, except during the period of time the ECT is being administered; even that difference is modest; a modest amount of cost is required for the overall cost-benefit of ECT to be negative; and, the effectiveness of ECT is overendorsed repeatedly in the psychiatric literature up to the present.”

~Colin A. Ross, MD, The Sham ECT Literature: Implications for Consent to ECT 

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“1975— In former times, “classical” shock treatments commonly caused bone fractures among those racked by the violent physical convulsions. Although roughly 10 percent of today’s patients still get such unmodified ECT, most now first receive a sleep-inducing barbiturate like sodium pentothal, and the muscle-paralyzing agent succinylcholine, or Anectine. While an electrical storm rages unabated in the brain, these drugs suppress its outward manifestations, sparing witnesses the terrifying spectacle the body’s violent spasms.

These “improvements” are like the flowers planted at Buchenwald. Besides, they create their own risks, and don’t always work. The muscle paralyzer can cause prolonged

failure to breathe and cardiac shock. The paralysis may also intensify the horror of the patient’s experience….

While barbiturates make for a smoother trip into unconsciousness, they also increase the chances of death by choking. Although they do produce sleep, they do not bring a complete loss of feeling. Among former ECT patients I interviewed, many could recall the instant of shock itself, even though unable to recall surrounding events. One young man reported: “That pain went right through your head. All you’re aware of is this jolting pain going through your mind like an electric crowbar”

~John  Friedberg, MD, Shock Quotationary

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“Informed consent is an important part of the [ECT] process.”

~Psychiatrist Sarah Lisanby, FDA shock reclassification hearings, 1/27/11, psychcentral.com

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“A basic principal of medicine, the principal of informed consent, is missing in psychiatry. This is certainly the case with what we have politely referred to here by psychiatry’s chosen name, electroconvulsive therapy. It should be evident now that this practice does not deserve its euphemistic title.

The brain is being shocked. The result is a grand mal seizure, memory loss, and brain damage. Psychiatry has not been simply negligent in researching and reporting these primary effects. It has pursued a policy designed to lead away from the truth, often avoiding study designs that might produce results unfavorable to shock.

It has made false claims unsupported by published 37 research. It has deliberately deceived. It has looked away and remained silent while millions have been harmed.”

~Shock Treatment: Efficacy, Memory Loss, and Brain Damage – Psychiatry’s Don’t Look, Don’t Tell Policy Richard A. Warner 

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“When depression goes untreated or when it is ineffectively treated, it can cause extreme suffering and even death by suicide.”

~Psychiatrist Sarah Lisanby, FDA shock reclassification hearings, 1/27/11, psychcentral.com

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“ECT is rapidly effective against suicidal impulses. Without ECT, suicidal patients would have few effective options left.”

~Psychiatrist Sarah Lisanby, FDA shock reclassification hearings, 1/27/11, psychcentral.com

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“If ECT were to disappear tomorrow, those who are suffering already and who have no effective alternatives are precisely the ones who would suffer the most. Their families, their children, their loved ones, their friends, and their communities would suffer. “

~Psychiatrist Sarah Lisanby, FDA shock reclassification hearings, 1/27/11, psychcentral.com

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“Until a safe alternative that matches or exceeds the therapeutic spectrum of ECT comes along, threatening or restricting its availability would only serve to take away the last hope from those who are already suffering from hopelessness. “

~Psychiatrist Sarah Lisanby, FDA shock reclassification hearings, 1/27/11, psychcentral.com

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Sarah Lisanby closes her speech with a plea on behalf of patients,

“People whose lives have been affected by severe treatment- resistant depression deserve the best that medical science has to offer, and today that is ECT.”

~Psychiatrist Sarah Lisanby, FDA shock reclassification hearings, 1/27/11, psychcentral.com

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No, Dr. Lisanby, ECT is not the best treatment available for people suffering from severe “treatment resistant depression,” or any other condition its designated for.
Electroshock is a violent, destructive act dressed up as a medical procedure.
Having experienced shock myself, and witnessed how it’s destroyed countless other lives, one would think ECT would be reserved for, not vulnerable hurting people, but the most evil of criminals– those who deserves to be destroyed mentally, financially, emotionally and spiritually.
And even the worst criminals are protected from cruel inhumane treatment.

A side note

The purpose of Dr. Lisanby’s 2011 speech bears meaning today because there is a renewed push for shock devices safety to be downgraded from high risk class III to the same risk level as glasses and wheelchairs (class II). If you’re unfamiliar with this situation, click here to read more.
Survivors and allies have less than two months to speak out and stop this appalling safety downgrade.

my use of this information is my opinion and not intended to infringe on any copyright or trademark expressed

References

(2002). Retrieved January 5, 2016, from http://www.ect.org/resources/consumerperspectives.pdf

Andre, L. (2009). Doctors of deception: What they don’t want you to know about shock treatment. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press.

Breggin, P. R. (1998, January). http://www.ectresources.org/ECTscience/Breggin_1998_ECT__Overview.pdf. Retrieved January 5, 2016, from http://www.ectresources.org/ECTscience/Breggin_1998_ECT__Overview.pdf

Frank, L. R. (2006). http://psychiatrized.org/LeonardRoyFrank/FromTheFilesOfLeonardRoyFrank.htm. Retrieved January 5, 2016, from http://www.endofshock.com/102C_ECT.PDF

Hickey, P. (2006, November 21). http://www.madinamerica.com/2013/11/electroconvulsive-therapy-ect-effective/. Retrieved January 5, 2016, from http://www.madinamerica.com/2013/11/electroconvulsive-therapy-ect-effective/

http://healthnet.umassmed.edu/mhealth/HAMD.pdf. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://healthnet.umassmed.edu/mhealth/HAMD.pdf

Lisanby, S. (2011, January 27). psychcentral. Retrieved January 5, 2016, from http://psychcentral.com/lib/dr-sarah-lisanby-on-ect/

Riikka’s Story | aftershock. (2015). Retrieved January 5, 2016, from https://aftershocklifeafterect.wordpress.com/2015/09/18/riikkas-story/

Ross, C. (2006). http://www.ectresources.org/ECTscience/Ross_2006___Sham_ECT_Literatures.pdf. Retrieved from http://www.ectresources.org/ECTscience/Ross_2006___Sham_ECT_Literatures.pdf

Tenney, L. (2015, December 30). madinamerica.com Retrieved January 5, 2016, from http://www.madinamerica.com/2015/12/shock-device-safe-as-eyeglasses-89-days-to-say-no/

Shock and Suicide: Cure or Cause? Part 1

Trigger warnings: 
details of suicide relating to electroshock 
risks and details of effects of electroshock
pro-shock comments

Coming January 6th, 2016 to Talk With Tenney:

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Electroshock is often touted as the magic bullet for treating severe treatment resistant depression and suicidality. Psychiatrists swear by its safety and efficacy.

If a suffering person is treatment resistant and is the verge of suicide and all other treatments have failed, then surely the minimal risks are worth it?

But does electroshock really save people from suicide and depression, or does it actually cause these feelings and impulses?

Is electroshock really as safe as psychiatry claims?

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In this upcoming episode of Talk with Tenney we will examine the underestimation of shock fatalities, and the limited data behind pro-shock advocates’ claims that electroshock is lifesaving.

We will compare them to actual survivors’ accounts of depression and suicidality increased by permanent shock-induced cognitive disability, social isolation, destroyed relationships, inability to think and feel, loss of autonomy and lively hood, and the devastating impact of denial of disability by the entire medical and mental health establishment.

The patient side of this story will show electroshock for what it is: dangerous, not life-saving but life-destroying, illustrated by the pure despair many survivors face in the wreckage of their mental, emotional, spiritual and social lives.

We’ll conclude the show with a moment of silence for those whose lives were destroyed and lost suicide due to shock and those amazing survivors still living who struggle just to make it through the day.

No “but it helps some.

Just unapologetic, silent acknowledgement the suffering and death caused by electroshock.

Part two of this post series on shock and suicide will contrast survivors’ experiences with pro-shock advocates’ claims. Coming soon-stay tuned 🙂

 

A side note

I’ve been frustrated by the lack of data on shock survivors experiences, and thought, why wait for psychiatry to ask the right questions?

We can do our own research!

Below is an anonymous survey on increased depression and or suicidality from electroshock side effects. Participate only if you feel comfortable doing so.

Results will be shared during this Talk with Tenney episode, and in a follow up post on this website.

 

References

Frank, L. R. (2006, June). psychiatrized.org. Retrieved from http://psychiatrized.org/LeonardRoyFrank/FromTheFilesOfLeonardRoyFrank.htm
electroshock quotationary

Lisanby, S. (2011, January 27). Dr. Sarah Lisanby on ECT | Psych Central. Retrieved from http://psychcentral.com/lib/dr-sarah-lisanby-on-ect/

Tenney, L., & Rice, J. D. (2016, January 12). Talk with Tenney: Special: Electroshock and Suicide; Cure or Cause. Talk with Tenney. Retrieved from http://www.blogtalkradio.com/talkwithtenney/2016/01/07/talk-with-tenney-special-electroshock-and-suicide-cure-or-cause