Category Archives: ECT in the media

ECT given to young child(ren) in England

In England the NHS publishes statistics on the use of electroconvulsive therapy (ECT). Unfortunately, because many hospitals do not report their use of ECT, the statistics only pick up a fraction of ECT used, probably about a fifth to a … Continue reading

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ECT in the i

Last week was Mental Health Awareness Week and on Tuesday 8 May 2017 the i newspaper ran an article under a headline about debunking common mental health myths. I thought the headline was a bit misleading as the article was … Continue reading

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ECT in The Guardian

On Monday 17th April 2017 The Guardian newspaper ran an article about electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) under the heading: “Electroconvulsive therapy on the rise again in England: ECT stages comeback after years of decline, with thousands treated on NHS despite lack … Continue reading

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ECT at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Gateshead

On 11 March 2016 the Daily Mirror reported on an inquest into the death of a 71 year old woman who died following electroconvulsive therapy (ECT), given at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Gateshead. Elsie Tindle was deemed to lack capacity … Continue reading

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Unilateral v bilateral ECT in Ireland

In my last post I mentioned a study published nearly fifty years ago, in 1968, in the British Journal of Psychiatry (M. Valentine, K.M.G. Keddie and D. Dunne, “A comparison of techniques in electro-convulsive therapy”). The authors concluded that unilateral … 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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