Letter from Sue Clark
Shock survivor-activist Sue Clark asked me to submit her letter (May 9/07) below as a blog entry. The Toronto Star rejected it. Thanks for sending it to us, Sue. Don Weitz
Electroshock I feel is an atrocity. The profession of psychiatry continues to give electroshock to patients. I had electroshock in 1973 against my will. I suffered permanent memory loss.
When will the medical profession wake up and realize that there are healthier alternatives to electroshock. Dr. Peter R. Breggin, a psychiatrist from the USA [who formerly used electroconvulsive therapy] wrote a book called Electroshock and Its Brain Disabling Effects. Dr. John Friedberg, a neurologist from the USA has stated that electroshock causes brain damage. There have been deaths associated with electroshock. I came close to death when on my 5th electroshock my heart stopped and I had to be revived.
There is a huge worldwide movement to help ban electroshock universally consisting of electroshock survivors, their friends and families, psychiatrists, psychologists, doctors, nurses, lawyers, advocates, health professionals, etc. Mindfreedom.org is a psychiatric survivor driven organization helping to end psychiatric abuses all over the world including electroshock.
The time has come to end this human right violation for once and all. No one else should have to suffer like I did.