Asylum 21.3 – Autumn 2014

Introduction

Most of the material for this issue was gathered together by Cheryl Prax who campaigns against electroconvulsive therapy (ECT).

Included are pieces which discuss the bio-electrical realities, the so-said efficacy, the harmful ‘side effects’, and the social and judicial aspects of this controversial psychiatric treatment; mixed in are a number of accounts of what it is like to be subjected to shock treatment. The reader can judge whether ECT should be permitted – as a useful ‘last resort’ – or opposed – as always a barbaric and harmful means of psychiatric coercion. But first we must announce the death of a founder of this magazine: Alec Jenner.


Contents

EDITORIAL

ALEC JENNER OBITUARY Phil Virden 

ELECTROCONVULSIVE THERAPY (ECT) Dr Peter Breggin 

ELECTROSHOCK AT BELLEVUE, AGE SIX Ted Chabasinski 

LEONARD ROY FRANK: ELECTROSHOCK SURVIVOR AND EDITOR

ECT & MY LOST LIFE James Oakes 

ECT – THE LAST TORTURE IN CIVILISED SOCIETY Sharon Racklyeft 

ECT: THE MYTH OF INFORMED CONSENT Evelyn Scogin 

SHOCK TREATMENT FOR AN EATING DISORDER? Julie Greene 

ELECTROSHOCK Mary Maddock

ECT … & FIGHTING BACK Deirdre Oliver 

WHY IS ECT STILL IN USE? Lin Bigwood 

SHOCK IS PERSONAL AND CRIMINAL Don Weitz 

EXTRACTS FROM PETER BREGGIN’S BLOG IN THE HUFFINGTON POST

• ELECTROSHOCK FOR CHILDREN & INVOLUNTARY ADULTS (30 JAN 2009)

• NEW STUDY CONFIRMS ECT CAUSES BRAIN DAMAGE (9 APRIL 2012)

• UK STEALTH ECT PSYCHIATRIST IN THE MOVEMENT FOR PSYCHIATRIC REFORM

CARRIE BURNS KB 

MAYDAY – DOCTORS WHO CAN’T WAIT

ECT: ‘THERAPY’ BY HARM Phli Virden 

ECT SURVIVOR Dena Roland 

RISKS OF ECT IN PREGNANCY Cheryl Prax 


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