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Stop Shock Now: Psychiatry's War Against Women and the Elderly

Weitz, Don
http://www.madinamerica.com/2017/12/stop-shock-now-psychiatrys-war-against-women-and-the-elderly/

Publisher:  Mad In America
Date Written:  01/12/2017
Year Published:  2017  
Resource Type:  Article

Today, most people including many health professionals are surprised to learn that electroshock (ECT) is still prescribed. As we also know, women, particularly elderly women, are the main targets of electroshock -- women over 60 and many in their 80s or 90s have been shocked in Canada.

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Today, most people including many health professionals are surprised to learn that electroshock (ECT) is still prescribed — many believe shock was banned after viewing the shock scene in the film One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest. As we know, electroshock has greatly increased and spread in many countries. According to a CBC report a few years ago, approximately 15,000 Canadians are shocked each year, and at least 100,000 in the United States. As we also know, women, particularly elderly women, are the main targets of electroshock -- women over 60 and many in their 80s or 90s have been shocked in Canada. According to ECT statistics I obtained a few years ago from the Ontario and B.C. governments, two to three times more women than men have been shocked. The real but hidden reasons are sexism, ageism, ableism and mentalism shared by many psychiatrists and other doctors.

Whether young or old, the patient's right to informed consent or to refuse treatment is routinely violated, the common effects of permanent memory loss and brain damage are omitted in most "patient information" consent forms. So-called "safe and effective ECT" is a cruel sham, another psychiatric lie since it always destroys memories, kills brain cells, and causes brain damage. In their official position papers, the Canadian Psychiatric Association and American Psychiatric Association still deny or greatly minimize the scientifically proven fact of ECT-caused brain damage. However, the comprehensive 2007 scientific study of psychologist-researcher Harold Sackeim clearly exposes the grim reality of permanent memory loss and brain damage, particularly among women and elderly survivors. These facts together with massive and permanent memory loss, loss of artistic or creative ability, and psychological trauma are some of the horrible truths about this barbaric psychiatric procedure. So-called "safe and effective ECT" is an absolute lie.

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