How is this still a thing?

Site readers often have an initial reaction of surprise that electroshock is still happening, as if it somehow vanished awhile ago. Here is a recent description of electroshock. This patient information seems quite useful although I disagree with a small portion of it.

Linda Andre was kind enough to explain a lot about electroshock, as described on the blog a few days ago. Aside from her wonderful book, on-line information is available here.

Adrenal function

During and after electroshock, stress increases and it helps you to maintain good adrenal function. In the last century, when there were flu epidemics, autopsy very often revealed atrophied adrenals in those who died from flu. Adrenal function is essential for your survival and proper adrenal function feels a lot better during recovery from PTSD.

Dr Teitelbaum has an adrenal support formula, usually also locally available. The level of DHEA you produce can be measured at home.

  • DHEA supplements are available over the counter but DHEA is tricky to dose, best follow your physician’s guidance.

Use a Health Care Agent & POA

It seems wise to avoid electroshock. Yes, placebo helps but you can enjoy a placebo advantage with any medicinal agent or procedure, no need to choose such a risky means of care as electroshock.

A health care power of attorney document can speak for you when you are not able to clearly express your preferences. Along with that document you can designate a friend as your health care agent, the person best able to ensure your care wishes are followed.

Many states provide templates for creating these documents. They can benefit anyone but are especially useful for handicapped people or advanced elders, anyone who wants to avoid electroshock.

What They Don’t Want You to Know about Shock Treatment

The Psychiatrist Stefan P. Kruszewski, MD explained in a 2009 book review that present day 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 (the Doctors of Deception book provides a clear and comprehensive view of electroshock).
Beyond all that, prevailing (and historical) electroshock practice ignores the PTSD that electroshock always engenders. The shocked patients are both uninformed about their new iatrogenic illness and remain untreated for PTSD (or Complex PTSD).