Articles

September 17, 2019: Risk Labeling for Electroshock: Consumer Fraud Passed Off as “Informed Consent”
By Jan Eastgate, President CCHR International
Third part of a series: To camouflage the false idea that electroshock treatment (ECT)—up to 460 volts of electricity through the brain, damaging it—is a legitimate medical therapy, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and electroshock enthusiasts claim that patient labeling (consent information) and “special” and general controls” can “mitigate the identified risks of ECT.” Read More >>

September 13, 2019: Electroshock: Consumer Fraud and Brain Damage
By Jan Eastgate, President CCHR International
In the second part of a series of public awareness articles posted on TruthAboutECT.org, Jan Eastgate, the president of mental health industry watchdog, Citizens Commission on Human Rights International, continues to explore the cover-up of the dangers of psychiatric electroshock treatment, or electroconvulsive therapy (ECT). Read More >>

September 5, 2019: Electroshock: The Redefinition of Assault and Battery as “Therapy” and Torture as Treatment
By Jan Eastgate, President CCHR International
In a five-part series for TruthAboutECT.org, Jan Eastgate, President of Citizens Commission on Human Rights International, gives the reasons why the mental health industry watchdog demands a ban of electroshock treatment. Read More >>

July 29, 2019: Captive Brains: Electroshock for Mind Control
By CCHR International
A Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) document dated 3 December 1951 described the use of subconvulsive electroshock as having the effect of “making a man talk.” An unnamed psychiatrist quoted in the CIA document stated that the lower setting of the device “produced in the individual excruciating pain and that the individual would be quite willing to give information if threatened with the use of this machine.” Read More >>

July 24, 2019: Misleading Consumers About Electroshock “Side Effects,” Negating How ECT Harms Lives
By Jan Eastgate, President CCHR International
People in need of help are being consistently put at risk by the treatments the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approves and by researchers and practitioners in the mental health system recommending them, including antidepressants and electroshock. The misleading information given consumers should be investigated, especially when marketed as being prescribed for “treatment resistance,” a term invented to explain away treatment failure. Read More >>

July 16, 2019: The Wall Street Journal Gets It Wrong on ECT
By Kenneth Castleman, PhD
A June 30, 2019 Wall Street Journal article by Sumathi Reddy entitled “New Thinking Challenges the Stigma Around ‘Shock Therapy’” argues that modern Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT) is safer now than it was in the past. That article, however, is inaccurate, in view of the science behind ECT. Read More >>

July 12, 2019: Electroshock: The Nazi Heritage
By CCHR International
How did electroshock, with no history of having done anybody any good, venture into countries like the United States and United Kingdom with “authoritative” recognition? How was it that it continued to be used, despite its link to Nazi atrocities? In a 1992 paper, “The Introduction and Spread of Shock and the Emigration of Psychiatrists,” German physicians credited Germany with the exportation of shock and its practitioners to countries around the world. Read More >>

July 9, 2019: Consumers Betrayed: Electroshock Inflicts Pain
By Jan Eastgate, President CCHR International
Why is electroshock (ECT) continually dogged by controversy? Why is it that women, the frail elderly and children are psychiatry’s main targets for ECT? Where is the true weight of public and scientific opinion? Who profits from ECT? These are all questions that legislators and health insurance companies should be asking before blankly endorsing and covering its use—even against a person’s will. Read More >>

June 18, 2019: Electroshock: It’s Not Treatment, It’s Torture
By Sherry Ridenour
I have witnessed the damage electroshock can cause. I can truly say this so-called “treatment” is not what they claim. It is torture in disguise. I have two stories to tell so that others may be warned about this. Read More >>

May 28, 2019: Telling My Electroshock Story So No More Will Be Harmed
By Julie Greene
As a writer, to me, my duty to share my story with others is sacred indeed. I write, so that others may learn from my words. We must tell these stories to end atrocities like ECT. Read More >>

April 23, 2019: Warning About the Devastating Effects of ECT
By Jane Ellis
I’m writing this story because I feel compelled to help others with my story. I don’t want to see others go through the unnecessary torture and pain I have endured throughout the last ten years of my life or more. Read More >>

April 23, 2019: ECT and Memory Loss
By Dr. Moira Dolan
In the late 1940s and early ‘50s, the heyday of electroshock, memory loss induced by ECT was considered to be its therapeutic effect. The distressed subjects conveniently forgot what was upsetting them, such as war traumas, child abuse, rape, betrayal, or family violence. Read More >>

March 13, 2019: ECT Has No Known Mechanism of Action: A Review of the Literature
By Dr. Moira Dolan
The original theory of ECT was that seizures and mental disease could not coexist in the same brain. This justified the brutal act of subjecting a person to electric shock to the point of inducing a seizure, after which the patient would be more manageable and their behavior deemed more socially acceptable. Read More >>

March 8, 2019: ECT Causes Brain Damage, A Review of the Literature
By Dr. Moira Dolan
This brief will describe a representative sampling of the considerable documented evidence that ECT (electroconvulsive therapy) causes brain damage. The cited sources of information are publicly available medical journal articles of which abstracts can be found in the National Library of Medicine online database, with full texts from the publishers. Read More >>

March 6, 2019: Electroshock Ruins Creativity & Lives—Vivien Leigh, Judy Garland, Paul Robeson, Ernest Hemmingway…
By CCHR International
A new book published in February 2019 claimed that famed actress, Vivien Leigh who starred in Gone with the Wind (1939) and A Street Car Named Desire (1951) had suffered from bipolar disorder. However, Leigh, along with many other artists, were victims of psychiatric treatment, especially electronvulsive therapy (electroshock, ECT) that not only failed but also harmed them. Read More >>

February 22, 2019: A Heartfelt Warning Against Electroshock
By Kenny Fleischman
My name is Kenny Fleischman. I am currently 30 years old. I underwent ECT, also known as electroconvulsive therapy, at the age of 21. I had a total of 30 rounds of electroshock at that time. What compels me to tell my experience is that I would never want anyone to go through what I have as a result of shock. What happened to me could be what happens to you, so I’m just trying to warn the public of a possible outcome. Read More >>

January 22, 2019: Study Supports Patient Testimony Against Electroshock
By CCHR International
In May 2006, Harold Robertson and Robin Pryor writing in BJPsych, “Memory and cognitive effects of ECT: informing and assessing patients,” determined: “Data do not exist at this time to confirm the mechanisms by which ECT exerts its adverse effects.” Read More >>

January 15, 2019: FDA Colludes with APA to Keep Dangerous ECT Device on the Market
By CCHR International
It is clear that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and American Psychiatric Association (APA) members know that the ECT device manufacturers are not going to conduct research while at the same time, don’t want the device taken off the market. FDA was and is only looking for “mitigating” circumstances to keep the shock device on the market without clinical trials supporting the devices’ safety—and is doing this, despite the ongoing risk to patients. Read More >>

January 11, 2019: A Message to the FDA: ECT Produces Brain Damage
By CCHR International
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) undermines the scores of studies and patient testimonies that indicate ECT causes brain damage. Dr. Lawrence Park, the FDA Medical Officer, who wrote the Executive Summary on ECT for the FDA [in 2010] is a psychiatrist who has co-authored numerous studies on ECT. Read More >>

January 4, 2019: UN Calls for Ban on Non-Consenting “Medical” Interventions & State Condoned ECT Torture
By CCHR International
In 2013, Kathleen Lynch, Minister of State for Disability, Equality, Mental Health and Older People in Ireland stated that Ireland’s mental health law “will be changed so that unwilling patients will no longer be forced to receive ECT.” This aligned with the February 16, 2013, United Nations Special Rapporteur on Torture and Other Cruel Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment report. Read More >>

December 19, 2018: Psychiatrists Dismiss Patient Evidence Against ECT as “Anecdotal” to Protect Profits
By Jan Eastgate, President CCHR International
In 2015, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued its “Neurological Devices; Reclassification of Electroconvulsive Therapy Devices Intended for Use in Treating,” recommending that the ECT device be rated Class II (less risk classification than its current Class III). Read More >>

December 17, 2018: Conflicts of Interest Regarding ECT Covers Up Damage
By CCHR International
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Proposal in 2015 to reduce the risk classification of the ECT device instead of banning it, is of enormous concern, because of potential conflicts of interest of those it is relying upon. Read More >>

December 7, 2018: Electroshock: Lawsuits and Death Findings
By CCHR International
The long-term damaging effects of ECT has led to wrongful death lawsuits, as well as other grounds for law suits, including assault and battery and ECT causing personal injury, including brain damage and memory loss.  Read More >>

November 21, 2018: Electroshocked at Age 13—My Personal Horror Story
By L. J. Wilde
It was fall 1968. I was 13 years old and very unhappy with my family life. The only way I knew how to get attention and help was take an overdose of my stepmother’s Valium. But, no one ever bothered to ask me what was going on or why I did it. I was just a kid. Read More >>

October 30, 2018: An ECT Survivor Speaks Out—Psychiatrist Claimed Damage from ECT was Due to an Underlying Mental Disorder
By Julie Greene
The one thing I wanted to do, when it was all over, was to tell my story. I wasn’t sure what the story was, because I didn’t know, even when I put pen to paper, that ECT had caused the mysterious “illness” that had suddenly befallen me in 1996, when I was 39 years old. Read More >>