ECT

ECT seems to be enjoying a renaissance of use. Perhaps those in the “mental health” industry are hedging their bets for the future, when outraged adults (having been assaulted with psychiatric pharmaceuticals during childhood) choose to sue for damages. After all, drugs cannot be sold when no one wants them. And hopefully, that day will come sooner than later.

But when the psychiatrist is without his drugs, where can he turn to make a buck? Certainly not to counseling his patients with words and advice; his skill in this area is blatantly nil.

So, like any entrepreneur, he is looking to the future. And since he has never been required to cure anyone, ECT is as good a place to start as any.

Can electroconvulsive therapy actually be harmful? Can it cause permanent damage?

Research recently completed in the UK confirms that it does indeed cause permanent damage. The title of the paper tells the tale: “Electroconvulsive therapy reduces frontal cortical connectivity in severe depressive disorder.”

This area of the brain, the dorsolateral prefrontal cortical region is the same area that the butchers (i.e. psychiatrists) of the past addressed with their scalpels in performing a surgical lobotomy. The study concluded that ECT had “lasting effects on the functional architecture of the brain.”

Psychiatric whistle blower Peter Breggin has been demonstrating scientifically for a very long time that ECT is basically an electrical lobotomy, with damage that is severe enough to be seen on an MRI.

And we are supposed to believe this treatment is “good for the patient.” This is  typical delusionary psychiatric reasoning.

Dr. Breggin points out that all psychiatric treatment, including ECT, psychiatric drugs and lobotomy share a common factor that they supposedly “work” by damaging the brain and suppressing its function.

Even the history of ECT is barbaric. It was developed by a psychiatrist named Ugo Cerletti, whose experiments included placing an electrode in a dog’s mouth and one in his anus. Half or the animals died of cardiac arrest from this torture. Cerletti next observed pigs being shocked in a Roman slaughterhouse, and from this decided it would be a good idea to try it out on humans.

Do psychiatrists know how ECT works? Although they are full of theories, not surprisingly when one psychiatrist in California was questioned under deposition in a suit, he answered that he was no expert, and that the questioner should “Go ask an electrician.”

This explanation is not surprising, coming from a member of a profession that admits without shame his inability to cure mental distress.

What are some of the side effects of ETC?

  • Severe and even permanent memory loss
  • Brain Damage
  • Suicide
  • Cardiovascular complications
  • Intellectual impairment
  • Death

Here is a description of the procedure, from ect.org:

“ECT patients are given general anaesthetic and strong muscle relaxant to virtually paralyse them, and stop dangerous physical convulsions. Their skin is smeared with gel for electrical conduction, and electrodes are taped to the forehead. The patient is then strapped on their back to a flat table, which pivots so patients can be turned upside-down if they vomit. One patient was recently given ECT on a fixed table, and when he started vomiting they couldn’t remove him quick enough to prevent him choking. He ended up brain damaged and permanently paralysed.”

This torture is one of psychiatry’s praised remedies. It speaks for itself.

Sources:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/dr-peter-breggin/electroshock-treatment_b_1373619.html

http://www.cchr.org.au/component/content/article/47-news/200-braindamaging-effects-of-electroshock

http://www.ect.org/news/sue.html