Category Archives: ECT in the media

ECT in England 2011-2015

The journal of the British Psychological Society, Psychology and Psychotherapy: theory, research and practice, has published an article about the use of electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) in England (An audit of ECT in England 2011-2015: Usage, demographics, and adherence to guidelines … Continue reading

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Electroconvulsive therapy in the Huffington Post

The Huffington Post yesterday (4th October 2017) ran an advertisement for electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) at the McLean Hospital, Belmont, Massachussetts, USA, psychiatric affiliate of Harvard Medical School and “ranked #1 by U.S. News and World Report”. “The truth about electroconvulsive therapy” … Continue reading

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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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