“Shock tactics”, ethics, and fear. An academic and personal perspective on the case against ECT.

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Abstract

Despite extensive evidence for its effectiveness, ECT remains the subject of fierce opposition from those contesting its benefits and claiming extreme harms. Alongside some reflections on my experiences of this treatment, I examine the case against ECT, and find that it appears to rest primarily on unsubstantiated claims about major ethical violations, rather than clinical factors such as effectiveness and risk.
Original languageEnglish
Article numberdoi: 10.1192/bjp.2021.116
Pages (from-to)109-112
Number of pages4
JournalBritish Journal of Psychiatry
Volume220
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2022

Keywords

  • Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT); depression; bipolar disorder; lived experience; ethics; involuntary treatment.

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