The following articles by Dr. Breggin provide more information on electroconvulsive treatment (ECT) and its dangers.

Disturbing news for patients and shock docs alike

reprinted from Dr. Breggin’s blog at the Huffington Post  Something most remarkable and unexpected has occurred in the field of psychiatry. Lead by a lifelong defender and promoter of shock treatment, Harold Sackeim, a team of investigators has Based on numerous standardized psychological tests, six months after the last ECT every form of the treatment […]

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The need to ban electroconvulsive therapy

The need to ban electroconvulsive therapy by Peter R. Breggin.M.D. (excerpts from Brain-Disabling Treatments in Psychiatry )   I have long argued that ECT is an ineffective, dangerous, anachronistic treatment that should be abandoned by modern psychiatry. Yet, despite the urging of many victims of ECT, I refused for many years to endorse public or […]

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Proposals for the regulation of electroshock

Presented to the “ECT Study Committee” of the Vermont State legislature on July 17, 2000 by Peter R. Breggin, M.D. Director, International Center for the Study of Psychiatry and Psychology Two pages–Revised after live report to the committee ECT should be banned. It is so damaging and ineffective that the risk/benefit ratio is too high. […]

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First ECT malpractice suit won

Jury Awards $635,000 in Shock Suit In June 2005 in Columbia, South Carolina, a jury awarded $635,000 in a malpractice suit against a psychiatrist who referred a patient for electroshock treatment. The hospital had previously settled for a small amount and the doctor who administered the treatment was not found negligent. The plaintiff, Peggy Salters, […]

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