Category Archives: ECT in the media

Lake Alice: history

In June 2021 the Royal Commission of Inquiry into Abuse in Care in New Zealand between 1950 and 1999 spent two weeks hearing evidence about what occurred at the Lake Alice Child and Adolescent Unit in the 1970s.  “The Inquiry … Continue reading

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ECT at Lake Alice: a team of maggots

I have written here about psychiatrist Selwyn Leeks and the use of electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) on children and young people at Lake Alice Hospital in New Zealand in the 1970s. On Monday 14 June 2021 a Royal Commission on Abuse … Continue reading

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ECT and a misdiagnosis in Lincolnshire

On 9 April the BBC ran a disturbing story about a young woman who was sectioned and given electroconvulsive therapy (ECT )when she was suffering from encephalitis, which psychiatrists at the Lincolnshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust had failed to diagnose. … Continue reading

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ECT in The Times and Kansas City

Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) was given a mention in a column written by Matthew Parris in The Times last week (24 March 2021). Someone had sent him a copy of the recent audit of ECT by Professor John Read and others, … Continue reading

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Polish ECT survivor is awarded 447,000 euros

TRT World (an English-language Turkish news channel) recently (8 October 2020) featured an article about a Polish man who has been awarded two million Polish zloty (approximately 447,000 euros, £407,000, $527,000) by the Court of Appeal after having been detained … Continue reading

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ECT in the Wakefield Express

A few weeks ago I wrote about an article on the BBC that featured a recent paper by John Read, Irving Kirsch and Laura McGrath on electroconvulsive therapy (ECT). The article is now finding its way around the world and … Continue reading

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ECT and meta-analyses on the BBC

On 3 June 2020 the BBC ran an article with the title “ECT depression therapy should be suspended, study suggests”. The article follows the publication of a paper, “Electroconvulsive therapy for depression: a review of the quality of ECT versus … Continue reading

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ECT: two stories

I recently came across two accounts of electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) (one before and one after – though not the same person) that show very different viewpoints on the treatment. One, the before story, was from the United States and documented … Continue reading

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Anthony David and the Sackler Chair

On 12 February 2020 The Times ran a story with the title “What if the thing that’s making you physically ill is your mind? A top neuropsychiatrist believes that a third of GP cases can’t be explained by medical results.” … Continue reading

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ECT at Prospect Park

On 6 February The Reading Chronicle reported on the inquest into the death of a woman from Hungerford, Berkshire, who had died following electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) at the Prospect Park Hospital in Reading. The woman, aged 57, had become depressed after … Continue reading

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