The focus for this page of the web site is the family, caregivers,and friends. There is a Patient page with more detail, for the person who had electroshock. The patient is dealing with the kinds of things shown in this word cloud. Family or friends may find it helpful to review the Patient page.
Facebook has a closed group where friends caregivers or patients are welcome to share/learn named “The archaeology of ECT”. There is also this older group, closed & active and helpful with a global focus … named “Surviving electroshock – Global support group for ECT survivors”.
Many families are eventually touched by a mental illness; anxiety is widespread and depression is not uncommon. Because the patient is restrained during electroshock the normal fight/flight response is suppressed resulting in a chronic state of physiological arousal (aka autonomic arousal) which is stressful. The term electroshock is favored here because ECT is very seldom therapeutic, so the name itself is misleading. In spite of belief and prudent precautions, electroshock is always traumatic. Every patient who ever had electroshock now also has complex post-traumatic stress disorder aka complex PTSD. Electroshock always results in this doctor induced illness, it is iatrogenic .
Complex PTSD, the tender scar that seldom fades by itself.
As explained on the blog, all use of electroshock is based on the distorted disclosure of faulty science born of a complex and richly rewarded system of academic personalities and corporate arrogance. A well written overview of electroshock by Linda Andre is here.
Electroshock always harms the patient yet few notice, other than you or the person shocked. Just because a patient isn’t consciously aware of what is happening doesn’t mean nothing’s happening. A bodily experience can still happen while they aren’t paying attention e.g. the college student who is date raped after sipping a Rohypnol spiked drink.
- If your friend has not yet had a first electroshock session help them avoid that first one. If they had a first electroshock treatment, help them avoid the next one. They can find a more capable and humane mental health provider.
Except for the placebo effect, electroshock does not heal any illness; if they were depressed before electroshock, they likely go home after electroshock with the same depression they arrived with, plus the complex PTSD introduced by the trauma of electroshock, plus a coffea overlay.
- A first electroshock session can be attributed to poor training or misunderstanding. However,
- every physician who administers a second (or third or fourth or …) electroshock session is, without malice, ignorant of healing and engaged in cruel punishment.
A long discovery process has revealed many electroshock scars which can be addressed. Many aspects of the patient’s life are affected by the complex PTSD:
- less sleep, less tolerant of coffee (makes things worse), poor digestion, less composure/more vigilance, diminished adrenal function, strained relationships (marital, family), teeth problems, more fatigue, intolerance for chaos, higher blood pressure, skin problems … as explained more fully here .
The Recovery process for doctor induced complex PTSD is clear.
Effective humane treatment of mental illness requires helpful meds, good communication, psychotherapy, and no electroshock.
If you begin to discuss this with your friend; gentleness and respect are crucial. They may not want to hear this (complex PTSD related) news. Their self-examination as they review the news, may be upsetting.
For help, write David Armstrong at