• Rebecca Watson wrote a new post, No, “Shock Treatment” Doesn’t Cause Brain Damage, on the site Skepchick 1 year, 7 months ago

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    • Could you do a similar takedown of the MA quack ass that’s using “shock therapy” on kids with disabilities, because he saw a movie once?


    • Brilliant takedown, Rebecca, you seem to have hit most of the salient points.

      I particularly like the paragraph about the cost/benefit analysis involved because it’s all too easy to sit in an armchair with 20/20 hindsight and point fingers at the horrors involved, but it’s a totally different matter when you yourself are facing the difficult choices. This in a society where it seems to be mandatory to legislate that nothing bad happens to anybody, ever.

      I also like the part about the ambulance chasers and their detrimental effect on everybody except the fucking lawyers. This once was a purely American phenomenon, but now appears increasingly across the Western world.

      Speaking of costs though, another burgeoning phenomenon is that mental health seems to be particularly poorly funded in all Western countries, with the result that rich people get treatment and poor people get fucked over. Needless to say this is shameful, inequitable and makes my blood boil.

    • Also, only two “fucks” in three paragraphs? Either I’m getting more sanguine in my old age or I’m losing my edge!

    • I am glad you mentioned ketamine. Results so far have been cautiously optimistic.

    • ECT gives permanent brain damage. Any immediate effect is due to concussion. A temporary euphoria which fades after 4 – 6 weeks and the patient goes back to how they were plus they now have brain damage. People can forget their education and many years of their past life. They can have cognitive deficits and be unable to make new memories. ECT machines have never been tested for safety on humans by the FDA (US) or the MHRA (UK).