(Revised Version) Brain Damage Therapy

If you saw the original incarnation of this video, you know all about the style and timing issues. I got help from the app designers and was able to fix all the little pesky quirks and also add a TON of polish to this video.

In two days this video got 84 views and several comments! This activity makes me hesitant to take it down.

While I figure out what to do with the old version, you can help me get the truth out about electroshock by viewing, liking and sharing the new one.

If you already have, thank you! I hope you will consider doing the same for the revised version as well.

Thank you!


Video References

Andre, L. (1991, September). Electroshock as head injury. Retrieved July 22, 2016, from http://www.ect.org/effects/headinjury…

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. (1979). Electro-shock its brain-disabling effects. Retrieved from http://www.ectresources.org/ECTscienc…

Breggin, P. R. (2010). The FDA should test the safety of ECT machines (International Journal of Risk & Safety in Medicine 22 (2010) 89–92). Retrieved from http://breggin.com/wp-content/uploads…

Breggin, P. R. (2015, April 8). Simple Truth 10: Electroshock is Brain Trauma [Video file]. Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QOtac…

Breggin, P. R. (n.d.). Electroshock: scientific, ethical, and political issues. Retrieved March 24, 2016, from http://www.stopshrinks.org/reading_ro…

Corry, M. (2008, June 25). Barbaric age of electric shock ‘cure’ must vanish. Retrieved July 22, 2016, from http://www.irishtimes.com/opinion/bar…

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

Friedberg, J. (1976). Shock treatment is not good for your brain. San Francisco: Glide Publications.

Hartelius, H. (1952). cerebral changes following electrically induced convulsions. acta psychiactrica et neurologica scandinavica. Retrieved from http://www.ectresources.org/ECTscienc…

Hickey, P. (2006, November 21). http://www.madinamerica.com/2013/11/e…. Retrieved January 5, 2016, from http://www.madinamerica.com/2013/11/e…

Janis, I. (1950). Psychological effects of electric shock treatment. The Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease, 3. Retrieved from http://www.ectresources.org/ECTscienc…

Ross, C. (2006). http://www.ectresources.org/ECTscienc…. Retrieved from http://www.ectresources.org/ECTscienc…

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


A Tragically Common Story

My story is a typical one, though were led to believe it’s not. Every shock survivor I’ve talked to has some variation of these experiences.

Same song. Different tune.

Our stories are valid; our damage doesn’t evaporate when someone points out Suzie Success Story who responded fabulously to shock.

Nor does the issue of nonexistent informed consent- so stop saying “it helps some” as an end to discussion.

Stop acting like its heresy to question why it helped Suzie.

Was it

  • organic brain syndrome?
  • Anesthesia?
  • Rest and pain meds following the procedure?
  • Placebo?
  • The very story she was told about her treatment resistant depression and the magical and mysterious, kinder gentler, shock treatment ?
  • Does treatment resistant depression even exist?
  • Is there a better way to help her?

These questions don’t hurt Suzie- they look out for her. 

These questions aren’t without answer as many psychiatrists would have you believe and choose to ignore. Shock is not as shrouded in mystery as psychiatry says it is.

Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain!

Don’t cower when someone throws down a “my life was saved by shock” story,  or a “we don’t know how but it works,” line.

Keep talking.

I started out as a Suzie.

Then reality caught up with me. You know the rest.

I wish someone had persisted. Asked questions. Told me the truth. Gave me alternatives.

Keep the conversation going. Ask questions. Challenge accepted wisdom.

The lives of all the people damaged by shock as well as the Suzies out their depend on it.


Hyman, M. (2008, March 2). Why Antidepressants Do Not Work for Treating Depression [Video file]. Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rg3KgRXDB3k

Ross, C. A. (2006). The Sham ECT Literature: Implications for Consent to ECT. Retrieved from http://www.ectresources.org/ECTscience/Ross_2006___Sham_ECT_Literatures.pdf

Stevens, L. (n.d.). Psychiatry’s Electroconvulsive Shock Treatment (ECT): ACrimeAgainst Humanity. Retrieved from http://www.antipsychiatry.org/ect.htm