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Electroconvulsive Therapy

No One Ever Said It Was Going to Be Easy

Risa Sugarman | Posted 10.22.2014 | Healthy Living
Risa Sugarman

Over the past five weeks, I have garnered two psychiatric hospitalizations and about a dozen ECT (electroconvulsive therapy) treatments. What's funny is that at first glance, I look "normal," just like everyone else. Truthfully, I could not even define "normal."

Treatment-Resistant Depression: Part Two

David Blistein | Posted 04.06.2014 | Healthy Living
David Blistein

Six months ago I published a book about depression. In addition to describing my own battles with the beast, I spent a great deal of time explaining in layperson's terms the diagnoses for different mental illnesses as well as the theoretical bases behind prescription drugs, counseling, herbs, supplements, and various "natural" therapies.

Brian O'Sullivan's Novel Butcher a Hog Is as Raw and Poetic as Life: An Interview

Lia Petridis Maiello | Posted 10.14.2013 | Books
Lia Petridis Maiello

O'Sullivan lived through a brutal childhood, emigrated to the U.S. in the early '80s, and survived the various pitfalls New York City has to offer her newcomers, particularly those of us who have to learn "the game" with all its implications from scratch, and arrive without trust fund.

Cara Santa Maria

A Real-Life Doctor Frankenstein?

HuffingtonPost.com | Cara Santa Maria | Posted 05.16.2012 | Science

2012-05-16-Screenshot20120516at3.52.36PM.pngGiovanni Aldini may not be a household name, but his contributions to science cannot be ignored. Neither can his macabre demonstrations of the power of electricity on the human body.

New Study Confirms Electroshock (ECT) Causes Brain Damage

Dr. Peter Breggin | Posted 04.09.2012 | Healthy Living
Dr. Peter Breggin

A new study shows ECT (electroconvulsive therapy) causes brain damage? That's not what you will find in the many promotional press releases published in the mainstream media.

Shock Therapy 'Riddle' Solved By Brain Scientists

Posted 03.20.2012 | Science

By: Rachael Rettner, MyHealthNewsDaily Staff Writer Published: 03/19/2012 03:04 PM EDT on MyHealthNewsDaily While "shock therapy" has been used ...

FDA Panel Recommends Testing of ECT Machines

Dr. Peter Breggin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Dr. Peter Breggin

Psychiatric reform moves ahead a step at a time, falters, and hopefully moves ahead again. Today's recommended classification of ECT into Category III for most conditions is a step forward and a somewhat positive sign to those of us who have called for this for decades.

Not the Only Psychiatrist Who Opposes ECT

Dr. Peter Breggin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Dr. Peter Breggin

The FDA is proposing to move ECT from the high risk category to the medium risk category to avoid the necessity of any testing for safety or efficacy.

Should Electroconvulsive Therapy Be More Difficult To Get? FDA To Decide.

DJ Jaffe | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
DJ Jaffe

The Food and Drug Administration is having a meeting to decide who controls your right to choose mental illness treatment.

Will The FDA Whitewash Electroconvulsive Therapy?

Dr. Peter Breggin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Dr. Peter Breggin

For decades the FDA has allowed electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) to be used without requiring any proof of safety or efficacy. The machines and the tre...

The Mass Production of Mental Illness and What To Do About It

Anis Shivani | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Anis Shivani

Dr. Richard P. Bentall, professor and practitioner of clinical psychology in Britain, exposes the highly dubious nature of reigning presumptions about the causes and treatment of mental illness.

FDA Considers Caving to Scientology and Making Mental Illness Treatment Illegal

DJ Jaffe | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
DJ Jaffe

As far-fetched as it sounds, the FDA is considering making it more difficult to treat depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia and psychosis.

Living Through Wanting to Die

Mark Goulston, M.D. | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Mark Goulston, M.D.

Devastating illnesses can bring patients to the brink of a seemingly agreeable suicide. The role of the psychiatrist can be to look coldly through the pain and determine if there is a way to save the patient's life and make it worth enduring.

Glad To Be Mad: Mentally Ill Start 'Mad Pride' Movement (VIDEO)

Huffington Post | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living

Yesterday the New York Times explored the burgeoning "mad pride" movement, which aims to fight the stigma of serious mental illness like schizophrenia...