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

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

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 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