(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

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…

 

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DBS: Electroshock Isn’t All We Have to Fear

 

picture of a surgeon looking up from the view of an operating table. The room is darkened and two large round lights can be seen above the surgeon on either side.

Peter Breggin, psychiatric reformer and veteran of the battle to end psychosurgeries, interviewed Danielle Egan, a free-lance journalist who has done an extensive investigation on deep brain stimulation (DBS).

The brain uses a wide array of functions to create our reality, our ability to carry out and control actions, feel and connect with others and make us who we are. In the patient cases Danielle discusses, you see this brain generated reality and personhood disintegrate into something terrifyingly. The effects of DBS for depression seem to belong more in a horror movie– not modern medicine.

Listen to the podcast here.

Read Danielle’s Mad in America article here

And check out her other insightful pieces on this and other topics, social media, etc. here.

Some DBS background

DBS is used for conditions such as Parkinson’s disease and it looks as though brain surgeons are eager to apply it to other conditions.(Poke around google or Youtube if you want to learn more about the Parkinson’s application.) 

In the case of depression treatment, DBS is a procedure where electrodes are placed in the brains of depressed individuals in locations thought to be associated with the patient’s distress. The goal of this invasive procedure is to electrically stimulate the brain in a way that will supposedly relieve the recipient’s depression.

Mainstream media complacency

Not surprisingly, much of the media exploring DBS fail to disclose the disturbing side-effects of this procedure.

Motives

Money and a love of oversimplifying the brain and human experience seem to be major driving factors for modern day psychosurgeries. This selective view of reality combined with greed has devastating consequences for patients.

Questionable ethics

I’ve said before that doctors recommending ECT are encouraging desperate people into risk-taking behavior. It is the equivalent of a doctor inviting a patient to a game of Russian Roulette except with ECT every chamber is loaded; there will always be damage to the brain and body with the potential of death. Browse blogs and comment threads people undergoing ECT and you will often see death wish ‘I hope I die during the procedure‘ statements. I personally shared some of this mentality when I underwent shock.

ECT = masochism and suicidal behavior encouraged and facilitated by psychiatrists.

Its seems DBS is no different. Doctors eager to experiment have suicidal people willing to become their guinea pigs.

The last, last resort

ECT is often touted as the ‘last resort’ for severe depression. Now DBS and other forms of psychosurgery seem to be considered as the last, last resort. 

Please, PLEASE ask questions! Read critical information about any treatment you may consider. Don’t believe anyone who says you are treatment resistant without considering alternative interpretations of your diagnosis and treatments. So many of us subjected to drugs and electroshock had real, sometimes medical, conditions fueling our distress.These problems could never be helped with antidepressants or shock. We’re lucky we found our solutions but for many of us, it’s too late; we are damaged to the point of permanent disability, and while we may feel better our lives are in tatters.   

Always ask questions.

Other related resources worth your time:

The Lobotomists are Back!


Brainwashed: The Seductive Appeal of Mindless Neuroscience

Spot a typo? Contact me at aftershocklifeafterect dot wordpress dot com. Thanks 🙂

References

Breggin, P. R. (2015, September 30). The Dr. Peter Breggin Hour [Audio podcast]. Retrieved from http://prn.fm/the-dr-peter-breggin-hour-09-30-15/

Egan, D. (2015, September 24). The Perils of Deep Brain Stimulation for Depression. Retrieved September 15, 2016, from http://www.madinamerica.com/2015/09/adverse-effects-perils-deep-brain-stimulation-depression/

Waiting on the FDA

My comments to the FDA posted on the shock machine reclassification docket on April 25th. I have been struggling with PTSD since writing it and have been too triggered to check it to ensure my content is all there.

Today I finally gave it a once over and my statement looks intact.
I wish I could say I’m relieved, but I’m not.

The whole reclassification situation coupled with my regular encounters with brain washed doctors and lay people has sparked painful memories and fear for my safety and the safety of others should this reclassification pass.

I’m so freaked out, I’ve even decided to get an advanced directive that declares “no electroshock under any circumstance” should I, God forbid, ever get tangled
up in psychiatry again. However, I take little solace in this protection because it can be easily overridden by the opinion of two doctors, but what else can I do?

I’m not alone in this worry; now the dockets have closed, survivors who have responded to FDA have had to relive their own electroshock traumas, submit their thoughts and experiences to an agency with questionable motives and anxiously wait for the FDA’s next move.

A survivor recently shared her interaction with the FDA ombudsman about her concern over the agencies silence since the dockets closed via her email newsletter.

The ombudsman’s reply:


The world waits as well, as this decision will no doubt impact every country.

If you’re new to this situation, please check out the links below to catch up:

review the history and the law

The FDA’s failure to perform recommended testing in 2011

Only 72 Hours Left to Say #FDAStopTheShockDevice

The letter to the FDA ombudsman

And if you haven’t signed the Mindfreedom petition protesting this outrageous reclassification attempt by the the FDA, please consider giving it your John Hancock and sharing.

Thank you 🙂

My FDA Response and Some Afterthoughts

There are so many painful emotions wrapped up in this FDA submission. It brings everything I’ve suffered from electroshock, psychiatry and an indifferent medical system and society.

This reality usually sits below the surface of my broken mind, then something pulls it to the surface and I grieve all my losses all over again. which I describe in a previous post.

This situation with the FDA is even more painful because it reminds me of how little I matter to the FDA, the psychiatric organization and how undervalued my voice is them.

It terrifies me that this reclassification travesty can happen and what will happen to psych patients if it goes through.

After submitting my response, I wanted to curl up under my blankets and cry–being reminded of my pain, and pain this “treatment” has caused my family members as well is damn near unbearable.

This reclassification has been eating away at my peace for the last three months–no more. I sat down and wrote out what I have control over and what I can do about this issue and I will fight it in every possible way I can, but I’m not going to let this psychiatry or the FDA take any more of my head space than necessary.

I’ve lost half of my life to the horrors of psychiatric drugs and electroshock; they don’t get any more of my peace.

I wouldn’t have known how to interpret the docket or surrounding issues, let alone how to respond had it not been for Lauren and other people like Mindfreedom international, actively fighting this reclassification and advocating for survivors. Knowing capable people are fighting this issue with us, I can hang onto a little more of my peace.

Thank you for your tireless work.

If you haven’t signed the petition, please do so and share! It’s still open and we have a small window to submit responses.

Below is my FDA response, which has been successfully submitted, but so far, not uploaded to the government public dockets.

 
It’s not as concise as I would have liked and is probably riddled with errors, but, ya know, time limits.

Docket No. 2014-N–1210 for ‘‘Neurological Devices; Reclassification of Electroconvulsive Therapy Devices Intended for Use in Treating Severe Major Depressive Episode in Patients 18 Years of Age and Older Who Are Treatment-Resistant or Require a Rapid Response; Effective Date of Requirement for Premarket Approval for Electroconvulsive Therapy Devices for Certain Specified Intended Uses”

I do not support reclassification of the ECT shock device for any reason.

 The terms in question

The terms treatment resistant depression and “requiring a rapid response” are arbitrary labels with no scientific basis (Caplan, 1995,). Using them as a measuring stick to determine if someone needs an electrically induced convulsion is misleading and irresponsible.

Treatment resistant depression (TRD) is a term based on how many psychiatric drugs the patient failed to respond to. There are variations on what constitutes TRD, either number or failed drugs tried and sometimes the inclusion of number of psychotherapy interventions.

As for psychiatric drugs, they are proven to be minimally effective (Kirsch, I. 2010). These drugs are known to cause mental and emotional symptoms they are supposed to treat and can also cause health problems that can present as depression.

Another issue is drug testing gender bias. Men are primarily used in drug trials however, women tend to diagnosed depressed more than men, and therefore are more likely to be given drugs already shown to be ineffective, that were tested on male physiology, open the possibility to greater failed responses and subsequent electroshock referrals.

Requiring a rapid response

Requiring rapid response is code for forced treatment. No one needs a forced electrically induced convulsion.

The terms treatment resistant depression and “requiring a rapid response” are arbitrary labels with no scientific basis. Using them as a measuring stick to determine if someone needs an electrically induced convulsion is misleading and irresponsible.

Additionally, many people who undergo shock, myself included, find out later they were misdiagnosed and their emotional distress was caused either by psychiatric drugs or other treatable causes and these very diagnostic labels the FDA is using to justify this reclassification may make this may delay understanding the underlying issue and receiving correct treatment, and leads to unnecessary injury.

The argument could be made that ECT is more cost effective, but that’s an erroneous one for several reasons. The fact that patients will have to resume taking medications and various therapies following ECT and the short lived effects of ECT themselves. The financial cost of those dependent on government welfare after being permanently disabled by ECT and unable to work. The rate of patients with actual treatable symptoms that were ignored because of unscientific labels such as treatment resistant depression when an in-depth assessment could undoubtedly save tens of thousands of dollars per patient by identifying real causes and appropriate treatments instead of using a catch-all term, throwing pills and electroshock at the problem and hoping for the best. In my case, I can only imagine the amount of insurance money could have been saved had taken the time to do a comprehensive look at my situation.

My experience with shock machines at class III

I was given shock treatments at age 17, without any legal hindrance for the arbitrary “treatment resistant depression,” for which I was labeled due to misdiagnosis and doctor negligence. No amount of electroshocks could have cured these underlying conditions creating my “treatment resistant depression.”

With shock machines at class III, my brain was permanently damaged in ways I wasn’t informed of.

I was only given the list of the risks once when I signed for consent. Any time after that I signed an abbreviated consent form.

My consent became void after my first treatment as I could no longer remember what risks were listed in the first consent form, nor was I capable of making informed, intelligent decisions after this time. I have no recollection of this information ever being presented to me again, even when I changed shock doctors.

With shock machines at class III, my life and future was destroyed by this procedure. Now I live out my days unable to work to support myself, get a college education, have meaningful social relationships and enjoy my life.

With shock machines at class III, I was denied any acknowledgement for my brain damage, and was only able to get help for requesting testing for an unrelated reason.

I was never offered before or after cognitive testing as I continued ECT.

Psychiatrists act as though shock is viewed as a last resort, and shock doctors are brave, heroic people who are willing to do anything to help ease their patients suffering. This is not what happened when I was referred to a shock doctor. He did not explore every avenue, did not critically look into my health’s role in my depression or consider the ramifications of these conditions or medical therapies effect of my mental state or consider if this heavily drugged, depressed 17-year-old was capable of making the decision to risk her life and mental capacity with his “remedy.”

No, I was there to be shocked. He simply followed the notes of my referring doctor without any real inquiry, and began shocking me.

When I relapsed after about a year and started maintenance ECT, I began to experience horrible fear and panic, in part from the procedure itself and also from the cold turkey off anti-seizure meds a few days prior to ECT, causing withdrawal symptoms I was never informed could make me feel this way. One particular session, I told my doctor, I was scared and wanted to skip this treatment. His response? Threaten to stop treating me. Thinking shock was my last hope, I complied, and never brought the issue up with any doctor again for fear of treatment denial of any kind.

During my last series of shock treatments, I felt strange. I told my doctor. He did not perform any tests. He did not suggest holding off on shock treatments until I recovered or questioning whether they should be stopped completely. Instead, he told me to come back for my next treatment.  Dazed, I did. After that, it felt like my brain had been scrambled and I could barely function, think or feel.

I spent years trying to get recognition and help from my brain damage. I was stone walled with “ECT doesn’t do that.” This denial and isolation left me deeply suicidal for years. I could barely function, take care of myself, process information, or communicate clearly.  Any expression of concern over my new impairments to my doctors were met with flat out denial that anything was wrong with me or shock treatment was the cause. It would be several years later when I would actually receive any cognitive testing. Not because my doctors finally decided to take me seriously, but because of an unrelated reason.

My testing showed severe deficits usually only associated with a head injury.

Continued blanket denial that ECT was to blame.

I later had more testing done that showed what looks like the early stages of dementia or Alzheimer’s for which I’m annually monitored in case it is progressive.

A career is out of the question; I am unable to go to college. I’ll be lucky to work a few hours a week.

I get mentally exhausted from doing the most basic tasks and often require help.

I’m socially ostracized because I can’t follow along in conversations or communicate effectively in real time and I get so confused and disoriented when talking, it’s often not worth the effort.

I become easily confused and disoriented.

With shock machines at class III, I was never told I could get dementia from ECT, lose emotional capacity to feel and connect with others, suffer cognitive problems I didn’t know were possible, or that no one would believe me if said I had problems, or that there were no rehabilitative services with for to address them. Nor was I told other people have experienced these problems from shock for as long as it’s been inflicted on humans—even in its modified form. I was never told of alternative explanations for ECT’s mechanism, or that treatment resistant depression is an arbitrary label based on lack of responsiveness to medications that have been proven little better than placebo and carry great risks.

All of this happened to me with shock machines at the highest risk classification, and continues to happen to countless, unsuspecting, desperate, hurting people who implicitly trust their doctors to recommend scientifically sound, safe medical treatments and to inform them the associated risks and the FDA to test and ensure appropriate protections and guidelines.

My mental and emotional devastation from shock is not an anomaly; I have met hundreds of shock survivors who are grappling with the same losses. The average shock survivor experiences drastic cognitive impairments that don’t clear up months or even years after they were shocked.

Most of us are unable to work and struggle with the basics of life management. Few are able to get anyone to take their brain damage claims seriously, and get appropriate testing or help.

Many additionally suffer other devastating ECT induced physical symptoms.

The lucky ones who are tested have proof of the cognitive devastation caused by electroshock.

Important memories are erased as though they never happened, along with skills, autonomy and dignity. We are shells of the people we once were.

We were not informed of these risks. We are permanently damaged and are actively being denied help. Many of us were misdiagnosed to begin with, and the “last great hope” of magical healing seizures, was completely unnecessary, a waste of insurance expenses and the life cost is incalculable.

And the FDA wants to reclassify shock machine for conditions like “treatment resistant depression” and “requires a rapid response” that are already the gold standard for shock treatment? All without conducting any safety testing?

The FDA’s risk mitigation plan is to put a label on a machine these patients will never see is an insult and beyond disturbing.

Can you imagine being told a procedure was “lifesaving, safe, that it wouldn’t cause permanent memory loss or cognitive impairments” and “definitely doesn’t cause learning problems,” that everything will come back after six months” only to find out it was all a lie?

That there has been clear, unequivocal evidence of brain damage available for decades as shown in animal studies, human autopsies of people who died FROM electroshock as well as carefully conducted cognitive tests that show clear, permanent cognitive impairments?

That psychiatry, an industry that purports to help hurting, desperate people went to great efforts to cover up or skew any scientific information that reflected poorly on its beloved electroshock? Cover-ups that kept me and countless others from knowing the truth before it was too late?

Misinformation that led to me not getting proper testing and rehabilitative services for over a decade? Lies that make people scoff and call me crazy when I say shock damaged me? Lies that continue to mislead more hurting people into thinking shocking their brains and bodies into grand mal seizures and brain damaged induced euphoria? Euphoria that will fade as the brain heals and will require more electrical assaults to maintain?

An organization that has actively sought to prevent data collection ECT’s use numbers as well as related deaths, and pre-market approval testing that would settle once and for all, safety concerns about ECT?

Or what about the Food and Drug Administration’s role in this? An agency created to protect American citizens from hazardous drugs and medical devices, never puts shock machines through testing, but allows it to continue to be used on unsuspecting people, who, are uninformed of the all the dangers and even at the highest risk classification is still damaging brains and destroying lives.

An agency that has heard countless testimonies and read letters of lives devastated, and suffering unimaginable, and still feels it appropriate to reduce the already minimally effective class III shock machine status to the same benign risk level as glasses and wheelchairs?

An agency that was advised to conduct animal studies in 2011, but never followed through (FDA Panel Recommends Testing of ECT Machines, Breggin 2011)?

An agency that has taken advantage of recent executive changes and declared, no hearings are needed because the committee already discussed shock machine reclassification, even though the committee pushing for shock machines as class II is not the same committee that ruled shock devices remain at high risk class III?

One can only imagine the scale of devastation this reclassification will unleash on our society, and the rest of the world as our country has global influence if this device is treated as safe as a walking cane.

Dear FDA committee members, history will remember you in one of two ways by how you rule on this issue.

You will either be known as the people who endangered countless more lives than ever by recklessly declaring shock machines as harmless as a pair of eyeglasses because of special interest influence, providing patients with nothing more for protection than a device label the patients will never see, or you will be remembered as the people who finally listened to voices of countless people disabled by the shock machine your organization regulates and maintains shock machines as class III and following your own rules to either put the device through rigorous PMA testing and ensuring patients are finally given truthful consent.

I hope you will choose patient safety and complete informed consent over special interest.

References

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

Retrieved March 12, 2016, from http://www.ectresources.org/ECTscience/Hartelius_1952___Animals___Brain_damage__Definitive_.pdf

Andre, L. (1991, September). Electroshock as head injury. Retrieved February 14, 2016, from http://www.ect.org/effects/headinjury.html

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. (2008). Brain-disabling treatments in psychiatry: Drugs, electroshock, and the psychopharmaceutical complex. New York: Springer Pub.

Breggin, P. R. (2011, January 1). FDA Panel Recommends Testing of ECT Machines. Retrieved March 26, 2016, from http://www.huffingtonpost.com/dr-peter-breggin/fda-panel-recommends-test_b_815668.html

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

Breggin, P. R. (n.d.). Electroshock: scientific, ethical, and political issues. Retrieved March 24, 2016, from http://www.stopshrinks.org/reading_room/ecb/docs/breggin_riskandsafety.htm

Bustle. (n.d.). Retrieved March 26, 2016, from http://www.bustle.com/articles/136476-the-one-thing-to-know-about-medications-and-the-female-body

Caplan, P. J. (1995). They say you’re crazy: How the world’s most powerful psychiatrists decide who’s normal.

Committee for the Truth is Psychiatry. (n.d.). Electroconvulsive Therapy Causes Permanent Amnesia And Cognitive Deficits, Prominent Researcher Admits « ect.org. Retrieved March 12, 2016, from http://www.ect.org/?p=699

Frank, L. R. (2006). http://psychiatrized.org/LeonardRoyFrank/FromTheFilesOfLeonardRoyFrank.htm. 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.

  1. A Sackeim et al.Retrieved from http://www.breggin.com/ECT/2007NeuropscychopharmacologyonElectroShock.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/

Kirsch, I. (2010). The emperor’s new drugs: Exploding the antidepressant myth. New York, NY: Basic Books.

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

Tenney, L.Retrieved March 26, 2016, from http://laurentenney.us/files/113651456.pdf

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

 

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 

 

 

40 Days to Tell the #FDAStoptheShockDevice – Mad In America

The latest status update on the FDA/shock machine issue, a petition to sign and how to circumvent FDA censorship.

Please read and sign the petition. Understand the the issues. Send docket comments, screen capture and save them.

Share FDA articles like this and hashtag with #FDAStoptheShockDevice

.   via 40 Days to Tell the #FDAStoptheShockDevice – Mad In America.

FDA Shock Machine Reclassification Petition

“We have 41 days to #FDAStopTheShockDevice — Please help us make this real. It is very important to understand that this petition will go to the FDA, but the FDA is only accepting original comment, not mass-mail campaigns. If you want individual comment submitted through MindFreedom, please post your comment in this section. We will routinely update comments to FDA website. Also, in the petition, there is the information for you to directly submit your comments to the FDA. Please sign this petition to show your support.”

~Lauren Tenney

Follow the link below to view, sign and share this petition:

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

Also make sure to respond to FDA page on the following two shock machine related issues:

Docket No. 2014-N–1210 for ‘‘Neurological Devices; Reclassification of Electroconvulsive Therapy Devices Intended for Use in Treating Severe Major Depressive Episode in Patients 18 Years of Age and Older Who Are Treatment-Resistant or Require a Rapid Response; Effective Date of Requirement for Premarket Approval for Electroconvulsive Therapy Devices for Certain Specified Intended Uses’’

 Docket No. FDA-2014-D-1318 for “Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT) Devices for Class II Intended Uses: Draft Guidance for Industry, Clinicians and FDA Staff”

and be sure to use the hashtag #FDAStopTheShockDevice with any FDA/shock machine reclassification related posts or sharing you do 🙂

 

 

The FDA’s Plan to Mitigate Risk of Injury and Death From ECT Machines: Put a Label on it

fda risk mitigation 1,

 

This is the protective might of our taxpayer-funded agency at work.

Labeling, bio compatibility, and other technical stuff.

There aren’t words for how disturbing this is.

You can read more about this pending risk reclassification and what it means by reading Lauren Tenney’s article here.

And you can respond to the FDA’s proposed change by clicking here.

 

Quick and dirty citation

http://www.madinamerica.com/2015/12/shock-device-safe-as-eyeglasses-89-days-to-say-no/

screenshot retrieved from: http://www.regulations.gov/#!documentDetail;D=FDA-2014-N-1210-0001

Dr. Peter Breggin and Shock Survivor/Activist Ted Chabasinski on the FDA’s Current Push to Downgrade Shock Machines to Class II

I’ve checked Breggin’s Podcast regularly ever since the FDA’s shock machine risk downgrade, hoping he will chime in and give his insights on the current situation.

It finally happened! Yesterday he discussed electroshock, the FDA and psychiatry issues with shock survivor and activist, Ted Chabasinski.

Click the link below to listen:

http://prn.fm/category/archives/dr-peter-breggin-hour/

 

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.

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