Electroshock: It’s Not Treatment, It’s Torture

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. When I was 9 years old, my mother had recently been diagnosed with Diabetes Type 2, … Read moreElectroshock: It’s Not Treatment, It’s Torture

Telling My Electroshock Story So No More Will Be Harmed

As a young child I loved to write. Even before I took my first college poetry class in 1980, I enjoyed writing in my diary and writing letters to people all over the world. I enjoyed reading diaries of people who lived long ago. Every year I traveled with my family to my grandparents’ home … Read moreTelling My Electroshock Story So No More Will Be Harmed

Warning About the Devastating Effects of ECT

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. My name is Jane Ellis. I am an electroshock survivor. I am now 32 years … Read moreWarning About the Devastating Effects of ECT

ECT and Memory Loss

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. [Janis, 1948] When electroshock made a comeback, it needed a new PR image, helped immensely by the administration of … Read moreECT and Memory Loss

ECT Has No Known Mechanism of Action: A Review of the Literature

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. (Piazzi, et al. … Read moreECT Has No Known Mechanism of Action: A Review of the Literature

ECT Causes Brain Damage, A Review of the Literature

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. ECT ECT is the process … Read moreECT Causes Brain Damage, A Review of the Literature

Electroshock Ruins Creativity & Lives—Vivien Leigh, Judy Garland, Paul Robeson, Ernest Hemmingway…

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.[1] However, Leigh, along with many other artists, were victims of psychiatric treatment, especially electroconvulsive therapy (electroshock, ECT) that not only failed but … Read moreElectroshock Ruins Creativity & Lives—Vivien Leigh, Judy Garland, Paul Robeson, Ernest Hemmingway…

A Heartfelt Warning Against Electroshock

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 … Read moreA Heartfelt Warning Against Electroshock

Study Supports Patient Testimony Against Electroshock

Excerpted from CCHR’s submission to the FDA opposing its 2015 proposal to reclassify the ECT device as a Class II low risk device. CCHR’s submission was submitted in March 2016. 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 … Read moreStudy Supports Patient Testimony Against Electroshock

FDA Colludes with APA to Keep Dangerous ECT Device on the Market

Excerpted from CCHR’s submission to the FDA opposing its 2015 proposal to reclassify the ECT device as a Class II low risk device. CCHR’s submission was submitted in March 2016. 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 … Read moreFDA Colludes with APA to Keep Dangerous ECT Device on the Market