Category Archives: ECT and memory loss

ECT news in Queensland

Queensland, Australia, seems to feature frequently on this blog, considering it is not a very large place (population about 4.7 million). It has a high use of electroconvulsive therapy (ECT), both with and without consent. The latest case to hit … Continue reading

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Two views on ECT, memory loss and consent

The open-access journal Life Sciences, Society and Policy has recently published an article about electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) by Patrick Seniuk, a doctoral student at Södertörn University, Stockholm, Sweden (“I’m shocked: informed consent in ECT and the phenomenological-self”). The author sets … Continue reading

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ECT in Texas 2016

Earlier this year (in February 2017) the Texas Department of State Health Services published their annual statistics on the use of electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) in the state. In the fiscal year 2016, that is, from September 2015 to August 2016, … Continue reading

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ECT in the Swedish National Quality Register

When John Read and co-authors were recently researching the use of electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) in England they had to send out requests for information to individual trusts (a hospital or group of hospitals) under the Freedom of Information Act. Some trusts … Continue reading

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ECT and ketamine: not the whole truth

In my last post I discussed an article in the Observer about the Manchester ECT and ketamine study. The article described how a number of mental health professionals had raised concerns about the study. On 30 June the Guardian gave … Continue reading

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More about the Manchester ECT-ketamine study

Last Sunday’s Observer printed an article about a letter, signed by nine psychologists and psychiatrists, raising concerns about the Manchester ECT and ketamine study. The letter was sent to participating NHS trusts, funding bodies and ethics committees (and, presumably, the … Continue reading

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ECT in The Atlantic

Last December the journal Nature Neuroscience published an article with the title “An electroconvulsive therapy procedure impairs reconsolidation of episodic memories in humans”. There was immediate media interest (for example, here at the BBC) with speculation that ECT could become … Continue reading

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