Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Looking for People to Talk to Me about Involuntary Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT or "shock" treatments)

As our regular readers may know, we are working on a book called Committed: The Battle Over Forced Psychiatric Care.  In Maryland, there is no provision for people to have ECT against their will, it's a voluntary procedure and someone else can't sign you up.  Before I learned about it from Shrink Rap readers, I didn't realize that there are other states where ECT can be court-ordered and done against a patient's will. 

I'm interested in talking to people about their experiences with involuntary ECT.  Anyone with a personal story is invited -- patients who've had it (court-ordered, not cases where people have been cajoled into voluntary treatment), but also family members, doctors, nurses, and the staff who do it, and even the judges who order it.  

I can be reached at email : shrinkrapblog at gmail dot com, by writing a comment on this post, or via Twitter @Shrinkrapdinah.  If you have no personal connection to forced ECT, please don't comment.  I do already know that many people think it's awful. 


M. James said...

The use of Electroconvulsive Therapy remains a controversial issue. It’s been featured in many Hollywood movies trusting that the controversy that comes with ECT will translate to the movie’s box office success. It may not be seen as evil or ruthless as lobotomy, but the two are often associated with each other. I have read about ECT being applied as a treatment for veteran’s psychological issues in this psychology blog, http://www.saskedpsych.ca. Since you are looking for someone you could exchange ideas with about ECT, then I suggest you pay this blog a visit. I believe both of you will benefit from exchanging ideas with each other.