Cardiologist Brain Damaged by ECT Denied Justice

A few weeks back I wrote about Dadi, a former cardiologist who was suing his psychiatrist for millions of dollars in damages for severe cognitive impairment Dadi suffered after a series of  ECT treatments.

white capped text on dark grey background reads “I HAD A VERY GOOD MEMORY BEFORE. I PRACTICED MEDICINE. I HAD THOUSANDS OF PATIENTS. I LOST IT ALL,” HE SAID. “THE MEMORY LOSS. THE ISOLATION I FEEL BECAUSE OF MY INABILITY TO INTERACT WITH OTHERS. THE INABILITY TO DRIVE. I THINK THE PROCEDURE CAUSED BRAIN DAMAGE AND I FEEL IT. EVERY DAY. EVERY DAY.” Dr. Shaul Dadi

“Instead of respecting all these ‘No, no, no, no,’ [from Dadi]. . . Dr. Dadi, with no written consent, goes for electroshock therapy,' La Vista said, [And] it doesn’t matter that there’s no written consent, because the oral consent is no good, either.'"

After a twelve day trial and  nearly four hours of jury deliberation, a devastating verdict was delivered to Dadi and his wife.

The psychiatrist that damaged his brain was cleared of all charges. He will continue to shock away people’s intelligence, memories, and abilities. If they are fortunate enough to have the resources to their grievances to court, a jury of their peers is sure to f#$% things up and the world continues on in blissful ignorance about the true abuses and hazards of electroshock.

 Read the full story here.

The shock machine manufacturers and the psychiatric industry remain completely unscathed by all of this.

Dadi is not the first and will not be the last shock survivor to get screwed over by our legal system.

This is a state of shock survivor lawsuits.

 

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When is Violent Act Considered Criminal?

if a doctor performs unmodified ECT when the new law enters into force he or she will be commiting crimial assult

TRIGGER WARNINGS! Articles discussing unmodified and modified ECT and an image of quoted observations of unmodified ECT

Torture or abandonment: unmodified ECT and the shocking position of Indian and global psychiatric leaders | Oliver talks.

Funny how electrocuting a fully conscious person into a grand mal seizure is only considered criminal assault after a law deems it so. Continue reading

Read Peter Breggin’s First Medical ECT Book for Free

I’ve started collecting old electroshock books before they disappear and/or their prices skyrocket. Last year  I bought a copy  Electro-shock and its Brain-Disabling Effects, originally published in 1979.

This book is a vital read. It shows how far back shock induced brain damaged evidence was available, how this information was softened, skewed or ignored by the industry, provides patient accounts, detailed descriptions of physical and cognitive effects and its wealth of citations serves an additional research resource.


Recently I was poking around Peter Breggin’s ECT Resource Center and found that he made the complete book available free via PDF–yay!

Even though I already own the book, it’s hard for me to process because it’s highly technical and  I struggle with reading and retaining new info after ECT wrecked my brain.

But with a PDF copy, I can run it through my screen reader and can easily highlight and review points I want to remember.

You can download the PDF here.

And if have the same reading/retaining troubles I do and are interested in using assistive technology, check out VoiceDream.

It’s the best screen reader I’ve ever used. It’s easy to add content, there’s a ton of realistic voices to choose from, and the app is customizable.

 

Garth Daniels is Free!

I was doing a late night email check and was beyond delighted to see this petiton update for Garth Daniels, an Australian man who was being subjected to excessive restraints, drugging and electroshock has finally be realeased and will be given proper care to rebuild his life. Get the rest of the details here

A Psychiatrist’s Perspective on Autrailia Man Forced to Endure Over 90 Electroshock ‘Treatments’

Garth Daniels is portrayed as a violent, severely ill schizophrenic who needs to be restrained, drugged and electroshocked against his will for his own good. Psychiatrist Naill McLaren says otherwise. Feral Psychiatry: The Case of Garth Daniels

Click here view previous articles on Garth’s case.

TRIGGER WARNING! The news story regarding his case shows footage of unmodified electroshock, and restraints.

Please sign and share the below petitions:

Garth Daniels Petition 

A petition to stop the FDA safety down-classification of the shock device the the same risk level as a pair of reading glasses for certain conditions, that will inevitably lead to more involuntary electroshock like Garth Daniels is being subjected to.

Thank you.

 

A Survivor’s Response to FDA’s ECT Rule Change

Chris Dubey is a psychiatric survivor who has done excellent writing on the issues surrounding electroshock. Seriously, I was thrilled when I stumbled across his work.

He recently shared his FDA shock device reclassification response on Mad in America

To read more of his well cited and argued work elsewhere on the web, check out the links below.

Letter to Three Connecticut Politicians about involuntary Electroshock

A summary of references against electroshock

If you haven’t signed the Mindfreedom FDA electroshock reclassification petition, you can find it here.

Please sign and share!

Thanks!

Electroshock is Still Used to Control Patients

some may argue that threatening patients with electroshock to control their behavior is a thing of the past. I call bull crap.

On the recent electroshock Facebook Q&A page a psychiatric survivor shared this information about the abusive and coercive treatment that was used against her and the backlash of her incarceration has had on her life have been devastating.

She was able to avoid electroshock, but her life and future has been turned up side down by her hospitalization and the powers that be seem to have little interest in recognizing the abuses she suffered and the discrimination that continues to create major barriers in her life.

you can read about her story here and follow her journey as an activist here.

 

Who Are Anti-Psychiatry Activists? People Harmed by Psychiatry

The APA is employing a popular tactic of playing the victim to “anti-psychiatry movement.”

That term carries unflattering stigma.

The anti-psychiatry movement is portrayed as anti-science, fringe quackery, and consisting of only Scientologists and busy bodies who are interfering with doctors ability to soundly treat suffering mental patients.

The truth?

The majority of the anti-psychiatry movement are people who themselves or their loved ones have been grievously harmed or killed by unscientific, dangerous treatments such as drugs and electroshock. People who don’t who aren’t treated as credible because of the diagnoses they have been given, often have limited resources for legal recourse- not that they would be taken seriously any ways.

These “anti-psychiatry” people have lost everything and bravely choose to speak out so others may be saved from this iatrogenic suffering and so the public and government can be made aware so justice can be served and protective changes made.

Psychiatry doesn’t look so noble when you put this tactic in its correct context. It’s is a well funded bully with the blind support of people taught that doctors are always good and trust worthy and their treatments scientifically sound.

Do they really care about their patients? All you need to know is look at how they treat those they harm who are be brave enough to speak out against them. 

I was irrevocably injured by psychiatry. I was uniformed of the risks. I don’t want what happened to me to happen to other people-they need to be warned of the dangers, especially since psychiatry is unwilling to do so.

I think those who knowingly cover up, ignore or deny harm caused by their treatments should be held accountable along with watchdog agencies like the FDA for choosing special interests over upholding their duty to protect people.

If what I say sounds reasonable- if you agree patients deserve to be informed and protected against dangerous psychiatric interventions, and organizations like the FDA should follow their governing rules  then please sign and this subversive, “anti-psychiatry” petition:

https://www.change.org/p/fda-stop-fda-from-down-classifying-the-shock-device-to-a-class-ii-device-stop-shock-treatment 

 

 

Woman died after NHS electric shock therapy was given without consent or second opinion – Mirror Online

via Woman died after NHS electric shock therapy was given without consent or second opinion – Mirror Online.

I read this and think, this could have happened to anyone of us when were were getting shocked.

It’s beyond disturbing to see how its viewed by the legal system and hospital. If I had died like this, it would just get brushed off as “extremely rare” circumstance so she, like other survivors who are injured or killed by shock don’t matter.

What we don’t hear is how the hospital “treated” her “mental illness,” everything they tried, because they’re doctors. And you sure as hell can’t hear Elsie’s side of the story, now that she’s dead.

At least Elsie Tindle’s death is getting media attention and someone is trying to do something about it via Electric shock therapy death: Sunderland coroner writes to Health Secretary in bid to prevent further fatalities – Sunderland Echo.