News Coverage of Recent Failed ECT Lawsuit

TRIGGER WARNINGS: footage of pre-ECT prep, ECT facilities, and shock machines.

I came across more coverage of this recent ECT lawsuit. If you are unfamiliar, you can read up on it below:

 Cardiologist Sues His Psychiatrist for Millions After Receiving Brain Damaging Electroshock

Cardiologist Brain Damaged by ECT Denied Justice

The shock doctor’s claim that ECT is safe because they use anesthesia, oxygenation, and monitoring, is absurd.

Anesthesia may prevent broken bones and bitten off tongues, and look more humane, but ultimately, it makes ECT more dangerous.

First, it has its own set of risks. Anesthesia also adds to the hazards of ECT because it lowers the seizure threshold so more electricity is needed to induce a grand mal seizure.

Oxygenation is used because patients are given muscle paralyzers that impair a patient’s ability to breathe independently. It’s also used to fuel the seizures.

The whole reason the patient is there in the first place is to have 200-450 volts of electricity pulsed through his/her brain to cause a grand mal seizure; a violent medical event the doctors normally try to prevent. Monitoring doesn’t change that and in many cases doesn’t prevent injury or death,  permanent cognitive impairment, and memory loss.

This scenario looks quite different with reasons behind these “safety measures,” no?

As for this psychiatrist not seeing a single patient with post- ECT brain damage? You see what you look for and shock doctors don’t look. In this instance, this doctor has a patient reporting massive brain damage but that has no impact on his beliefs and perception about what he does and the effect his ‘treatment’ has on the brain.

No “Wow! The problems you’re are expressing sound like a traumatic brain injury. We did run enough electricity through your brain to power a light bulb. Let’s do some neuro testing to evaluate you and see what we can do to help rehabilitate you.”

He didn’t even consider it because he’s never “seen” brain damage from his handy work before.

And that is the stance most if not all shock doctors take when a patient reports damage. No offer for cognitive testing. No acknowledgment. No rehab. Blame the person’s mental illness and/or character and leave them to fend for themselves in a world where no one will believe their claims because doctors say: ECT doesn’t damage the brain.

Because he is a doctor, he has the implicit trust of society, he wasn’t questioned on his statement and the news station that made this blurb didn’t present any contrary information to the doctor or in their reporting. “It’s safe because we do XYZ”is all he has to say to be believed.

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.


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Sources by topic

Long standing ECT brain damage evidence:

Breggin, P. R. (1979). Electro-shock its brain-disabling effects. Retrieved from

Breggin, P. R. (2015, April 8). Simple Truth 10: Electroshock is Brain Trauma [Video file]. Retrieved from

Sakeim, H. (2007). The cognitive effects of electroconvulsive therapy in community settings. Retrieved November 28, 2016, from

ECT and the use of oxygen:

Andre, L. (2009). Doctors of deception: What they don’t want you to know about shock treatment. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press

Psychiatry not looking for ECT-induced brain damage:

Andre, L. (1991, September). Electroshock as head injury. Retrieved July 22, 2016, from

Andre, L. (2009). Doctors of deception: What they don’t want you to know about shock treatment. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press

Hickey, P. (2006, November 21). Retrieved January 5, 2016, from

Janis, I. (1950). Psychological effects of electric shock treatment. The Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease, 3. Retrieved from

Warneron, R. (n.d.). Retrieved January 5, 2016, from

Dangers of anesthesia

Storrs, C. (2014, April 1). The Hidden Dangers of Going Under – Scientific American. Retrieved November 28, 2016, from

Seizure Threshold increased from anesthesia

Andre, L. (1991, September). Electroshock as head injury. Retrieved July 22, 2016, from


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    juliemadblogger at November 29, 2016 Reply

    Jane, this story coincides with OUR stories. The docs claiming we had underlying “illnesses” that the shock only brought out. Standard procedure when it comes to malpractice coverup.

    Okay, you say we upstaged your cancer, but really, it was always like that. The procedure only made it more visible when we tested you afterward. Therefore, our procedure was lifesaving and we are gods. We’re doctors so we couldn’t possibly be wrong.

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      Jane at November 29, 2016 Reply

      Yup, yup and yup. I wish people would wake up and use common sense when they hear anything ECT. Electricity. Brain. Seizures. Baaaaad. You don’t have to be an MD to work that out.

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        juliemadblogger at November 29, 2016 Reply

        No, in fact, as soon as we come to our senses, we MIGHT figure it out ourselves. I just accidentally got on Facebook and lo and behold found someone going through it. I tried to be gentle. No one else on the page had been through it. I told her I had, and said I was “in contact with many others who had” and told her if she wanted more information to get in touch. I am frequently blasted by those folks for my “dangerousness” so I have to be gentle with them. They really assume I am paranoid etc etc etc. It’s so sad.

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          Jane at November 30, 2016 Reply

          It’s really hard to get people to consider what their docs/establishment told them is not true. I get some seriously whacked out rage at some of the stuff I post on Pinterest.

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            juliemadblogger at November 30, 2016

            People refuse to think for themselves, refuse to take responsibility as adults, refuse to make their own decisions, insisting on consulting doctors, therapists, people who run their lives and know better of course. Like we’re incapable and can’t. That’s why I wrote the book I’m about to publish (for free again). The biggest myth out there is Ask your Doctor.

            I have said to people, Try fish oil. They are so scared, they say, Oh, I have to ask my doc. And I say, do you need doc permission to go for a walk and enjoy the outdoors? They are slaves!!!

            I remember years ago asking my therapist if I should get a dog. Oh, asking my therapist if I should move, if I should date, if I should see a specialist. It’s all bullshit, people act like dependent children these days.

            It is a joy to take responsibility and be an adult, but people just have to break free from doctors and do it!!!

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            Jane at November 30, 2016

            Many of us are unfortunately conditioned to this tho, from our education system and social structure. It’s especially complicated for kids who grow up in the mental health system. For me there was disapproval, shaming and punishment if I didn’t “depend” on the therapist, be a good girl and take my pills and tell the therapist whatever they want. I’m still recovering from that. Let me know when you finish your book. I’d love to read it 🙂

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