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ECT Shock Electroconvulsive Therapy ElectroShock EST Shock Treatment and Electric Shock Treatment are all the same thing They all refer to a treatment where psychiatrists send large electric currents through the brains of their unfortunate victims ECT is one of the front-line treatments used by psychiatrists to treat depression and other psychiatric problems I believe ECT to be a very modern horror story Psychiatrists who use ECT try to play down its use by saying that it is a last-resort treatment that it is only used when other treatments have failed In the UK it is now very often the first treatment used and its use is not limited to severe depression It is now used to treat post-natal depression post-traumatic stress syndrome eating disorders bereavement and a variety of other symptoms Psychiatrists would have you believe that ECT consists of sending a small electric current through the brain of the patient in order to snap himher out of depression Nothing could be further from the truth They send a large amount of electricity through the brain The voltages can be as high as 450 volts the currents are between 07 and 09 amps more than enough to kill if applied across the chest and the shock can last for more than five seconds One of the most commonly used ECT machines can drive enough current through the brain as would keep an 80-watt lightbulb brightly lit for more than five seconds That is not a small amount of electricity ECT causes brain-damage amnesia epilepsy and sometimes death ECT is an extremely dangerous treatment practiced by psychiatrists for economic reasons at the expense of the patient Psychiatrists who use ECT try to conceal the high mortality rates the brain-damage and all the other little problems that are side-effects of this treatment They try to justify their own actions by saying that it is a safe and effective treatment for depression and try
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