A recent study published in Evidence Based Mental Health warns against the dangers of long term treatment with electroconvulsive therapy (or ECT) and warns that cognitive impairments associated with ECT may cause significant cognitive side effects in patients treated long-term.
Senator John McCain has reintroduced S.788, the Veteran Overmedication Prevention Act of 2017. This bill will hopefully protect our veterans from psychiatric drugging and provide more integrative treatment without the use of such brain-altering, non-effective, destructive psychiatric drugs.
A recent study was published in Progress in Neurology and Psychiatry by consultant psychiatrist Latha Guruvaiah and colleagues. It recorded patients’ and their caregivers’ experiences and attitudes toward ECT following their treatment. However, it is no more than a patient satisfaction survey at one institution and adds nothing to the debate about the safety and effectiveness of ECT, except to confirm, once again, that ECT causes headaches, confusion, and memory loss.