More shock info & articles from antipsychiatry activist Sue Clark
Here are two articles and a video re the ECT protest yesterday in Ottawa. The first one is from the CBC national news. There was a radio show yesterday on CBC radio at 7:30 p.m. I was told and there was a whole show on ECT. I will try to get the transcript. The first article from the CBC they put in Dr. Peter Breggin’s’ name wrong, and put in “Paul Breggin”.
The second article from CTV.ca said in the article “patients” I have free of psychiatry since 1990 and have not been a patient since then.
The ICBE plans to have ECT protests weekly on Wednesday starting next week at the Canadian Psychiatric Association on Laurier Ave in Ottawa so they don’t forget who we are and that we know that they position papers on ECT are false information. ECT always damages the brain.
We will be holding the ECT protest every year on Mother’s Day on Parliament Hill in Ottawa.
The video of the protest can be see at:
http://www.ctvottawa.ca go to section called “video” and click on “CTV Ottawa: CTV News at Six for Sunday May 11th”
Despite criticism, electroshock therapy commonly used in depression
Last Updated: Monday, May 12, 2008 | 12:22 PM ET
(you can make comments at this link) – Sue
Despite protests calling for a ban on the treatment, electroshock therapy is frequently used by Canadian psychiatrists to treat severe depression.
The Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI) estimates that last year, the procedure, which dates back to 1938 and involves passing electrical currents though the brain to trigger seizures, was used more than 15,000 times in the country.
The figure has remained virtually unchanged since 2002, CIHI says, showing that the popularity of the procedure remains strong.
A report in the Canadian Medical Association Journal last week shows the procedure is commonly used to treat drug-resistant depression in seniors.
However, critics of the procedure believe its usage should be stopped, and it is a painful procedure that leads to brain damage.
On Sunday, about a dozen protesters rallied in Ottawa, calling for a ban of the procedure.
Protest organizer Sue Clark-Wittenberg had electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) 35 years ago, and says it has kept her from getting an education and a good job.
“The bottom line is electroshock always damages the brain. Electroshock always causes memory loss,” she says.
ECT survives calls for ban
Dr. Nizar Ladha, a psychiatrist based in St. John’s, has been using ECT for three decades. He says the procedure does induce seizures, but they’re not painful and don’t cause convulsions.
“As an effective and lifesaving treatment, it rates right up there with the discovery of penicillin,” he told CBC News.
Ladha says he has seen ECT help fight depression and prevent many suicides.
The Canadian Psychiatric Association argues that ECT is safe and effective, though the Canadian Medical Association says it can cause memory loss.
But Dr. Paul Breggin, a New York-based psychiatrist, is in a minority of psychiatrists who says the procedure should be banned.
“We’re treating human beings as if they are a very crude machine which can be battered back into shape.”
Still, Dr. David Goldbloom, a psychiatrist with the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health in Toronto, predicts it will become even more popular, having survived numerous calls to ban it and two provincial inquiries.
“Each time the conclusion is the same — that the balance of evidence supports retaining this to try to help people with depression.”
Shock therapy ‘barbaric, inhumane,’ say protesters
Updated: Sun May. 11 2008 18:29:27
Past patients of electroshock therapy took to Parliament Hill today, requesting a ban on what they say is torture.
“Stop electroshock before it stops you,” chanted Sue Clark Wittenberg, a former electroshock therapy patient and vocal opponent to the practise.
Also known as electroconvulsive therapy (ECT), the American Psychiatric Association and the Canadian Psychiatric Association have deemed ECT to be safe and not cause brain damage.
The protesters claimed ECT is barbaric and inhumane.
Wittenberg said she was subjected to ECT 25 years ago. Now, she claims she suffers from memory loss and difficulty learning. Wittenberg and other patients want the Canadian Government to ban what is considered a therapeutic practice.
“The Canadian Psychiatric Association says on their website that electroshock therapy is safe. That is not true, look at me,” Wittenberg said.
Wittenberg claims 14,000 people in Ontario are subjected to electroshock therapy every year.
According to the Canadian Psychiatric Association, ECT is effective in the treatment of patients with major depression, delusional depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia and catatonia.