Captive Brains: Electroshock for Mind Control

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 … Read moreCaptive Brains: Electroshock for Mind Control

Misleading Consumers About Electroshock “Side Effects,” Negating How ECT Harms Lives

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 … Read moreMisleading Consumers About Electroshock “Side Effects,” Negating How ECT Harms Lives

The Wall Street Journal Gets It Wrong on ECT

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. Below are six quotes from the article along … Read moreThe Wall Street Journal Gets It Wrong on ECT

Electroshock: The Nazi Heritage

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,” … Read moreElectroshock: The Nazi Heritage

Consumers Betrayed: Electroshock Inflicts Pain

Excerpted from information booklet written for CCHR: ELECTROSHOCK – PAIN AND FRAUD IN THE NAME OF THERAPY   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? … Read moreConsumers Betrayed: Electroshock Inflicts Pain

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