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ECT Electroconvulsive Therapy

You may be wondering what is electroconvulsive therapy or ECT? What does it entail? What is the procedure? What are the benefits or side effects of it? Perhaps you've visited a psychiatrist with the hopes of easing your pain and have been recommended electroconvulsive therapy for depression?

Before you become persuaded by a psychiatrist as to what electroconvulsive therapy is most useful in the treatment of; learn more about ECT and its destructive effects as a mental "treatment".

Electroconvulsive Therapy
"All ECT [electric shock] does is produce brain damage. ...If you want brain damage it's your prerogative... there's no more effective way than ECT. It's more effective than a car wreck, or getting hit with a blunt instrument."
Dr. John Friedberg, Neurologist.

Electroconvulsive therapy is also known as "shock treatment" or "electroshock therapy". However, it is never referred to as shock treatment by those who profit from it. The word "shock" carries too many true, but threatening connotations. Psychiatrists are more likely to tell you it is called "electrotherapy" or "electro-convulsive therapy" to blur any negative response. They'll tell you openly that they don't know how it "works," nor that they have any scientific reasoning for why they think it is a good idea to destroy your brain cells.

Electroconvulsive Therapy Procedure

The procedure is quick and straightforward. The patient is not allowed to eat or drink for four or more hours prior, to prevent vomiting during the shock procedure. A half hour before, a drug such as Atropine or Robinol, a medication that reduces secretions in the mouth and air passages, is given. This cuts down the risk of suffocation and other electroconvulsive therapy complications that could arise if the patient should swallow their own saliva.

Dentures, jewellery, and hair ornaments are removed to avoid injury during the convulsion. The person is placed on a bed. A cart nearby contains life-saving equipment, including a "defibrillator" for jump-starting a heart in cardiac arrest.

A jelly is applied to the temples to improve electrical conductivity and to prevent burns. An anaesthetic is injected into the vein, rendering the patient unconscious. A muscle relaxant is then administered, causing a virtual shutdown of muscular activity. The patient is then placed on an artificial respirator until they resume breathing on their own after the shock treatment.

A rubber gag is placed in the mouth to stop the patient from breaking their teeth or biting their tongue. The electrodes are placed on the temples.

A button is pushed on the electroconvulsive therapy machine and between 180 to 460 volts of electricity sends a current searing through your brain from temple to temple (bilateral ECT), or from the front to the back of one side of your head (unilateral ECT). This creates a severe convulsion or seizure of long duration, called a "grand mal" convulsion which is identical to an epileptic fit. Because the muscle relaxant masks the body's normal response to the shock, the administering psychiatrist usually looks for a curling up or twitching of the toes to determine if the shock has "worked." Without this sign, multiple electric shocks can be given until the desired effect is achieved.

The entire electroshock procedure takes between five and fifteen minutes. For this, South African Psychiatry and the psychiatric industry around the world rakes in billions in profits.

Most patients are given a total of six to twelve shocks: one a day, three times a week. On top of this, most patients are given more than one series of shock treatments because they never experience permanent relief from it. This failure to bring about any permanent change increases the psychiatrist's annual income, at your expense and misery.

Electroconvulsive Therapy Side Effects and Purpose

The purpose of electrotherapy shock treatment is to create brain damage. As Dr. Michael Chavin states: "There is a shock wave through the brain, causing the brain to discharge energy in a very chaotic type of state. And this increases metabolism to a very high level which deprives the brain of oxygen and can actually destroy brain cells." This brain damage is what brings about electroconvulsive therapy memory loss and learning disability, as well as the spatial and time disorientation which always follows shock treatments.

All physical damage done to the brain by ECT is permanent and irreversible. There is evidence that the damage, once begun by ECT, is progressive and feeds on itself, leading to further brain deterioration, including physical shrinkage of the brain and a shortening of the life of the victim.

"...[E]ven one or two ECT treatments risk limbic damage in the brain leading to retarded speed, coordination, handwriting, concentration, attention span, memory, response flexibility, and re-education. On the psychological side, fear of ECT has produced stress ulcers, renal disease, confusion, amnesiac withdrawal, and resistance to re-educative or psychological therapy. The research thus indicated that ECT was a slower-acting lobotomy with the added complications of shock-induced terror."  Dr. Robert Morgan, 1966

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