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When it comes to ECT, the only stories that matter to main stream media are the “it saved my life!” ones. Those who have claim injury are ignored, discredited and disregarded in any discussion regarding ECT.
It’s time they’re included.
Its time people keep asking questions-even when someone throws down a Suzie Success Story.
All personal accounts matter- not just “happy” ones.
Asking honest questions must be allowed and encouraged.
Vice recently did a piece on the rise of forced ECT in New Zealand. Hundreds of Mental Health Patients Given Forced Electroconvulsive Therapy An important angle not covered in this article: how informed were those who consented? A 2002 study Review of Consumers’ Perspectives of Electro Convulsive Therapy showed most people who consented weren’t fully informed of the risks. Some …
I had 17 ECT’s forced in January-February of 1998. It was nearly 20
I never could understand how I could love my daughter again. She is really messed up bad.
My journey started in 1989 but I am tired of writing on it. Suffering could have been prevented. I was not a depressed woman, not ever.
It was because I didn’t marry one man in 1989 that led up to my shocks by 1998.
Can anyone give me clues as to how to maintain relationships anymore?
I read what a Jane wrote – the only word that comes close is hell.
Judy had unnecessary forced ECT in 1998. She spent the last 20 years unable to emotionally connect with others–her own daughter suffering greatly as a result. This is a reminder that there is never just one casualty of ECT; family and friends pay an equally heavy price.
Many ECT survivors report a feeling emotionally numb and disconnected, myself included. Some answers to this may come from understanding the systems involved in love and connection (hint: it’s not just your heart). There is evidence that ECT is an electric lobotomy, disconnecting the frontal lobes from the rest of the brain and doing god knows what else to this intricate system we call the brain.
Along with emotional disconnect, Judy continues to struggle with cognitive problems, decades after ECT.
Stories like Melanie’s aren’t they exception– they are the rule. People are being told ECT is harmless and serious side effects are rare. Some patients are even told ECT can improve memory! As if being disabled by ECT isn’t bad enough, when patients seek help putting their lives back together, doctors almost always DENY anything …
I’ve been working hard this last year to make Aftershock better. I still have a long way to go but things are ready enough for me publish. Please stay tuned for more improvements and projects to participate in 🙂
ECT causes a massive and destructive blood pressure increase that is not helped by anesthesia.
For all the shock survivors who struggle with exhaustion: you aren’t weak, lazy or delusional.
Your everyday struggles are real and have a cause, even if most people don’t recognize it
ECT survivor speaks out in a surprisingly fair interview about the hazards of electroconvulsive therapy.
Dr. Dadi’s losses are devastating. His wife’s losses are devastating. For their sake and the sake of shock survivors everywhere, I hope the dadi’s win this lawsuit.
This miscarriage of justice was no doubt a terrible blow to the Dadi’s–it was certainly devastating for the shock survivor community. I hope this isn’t the last we hear about it. Fingers crossed appeal efforts are heard.
Hi, Jane here 🙂 I just purchased the aftershock URL and in the process of setting everything up. Till the transfer is complete, my old site is still up and running and can be viewed here: aftershocklifeafterect.wordpress.com.