Category Archives: ECT without consent

ECT: another lie in Parliament

In a post in January 2021 I wrote about a misleading answer given by Nadine Dorries (Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care).In response to a question about electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) asked by shadow minister for mental health … Continue reading

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ECT: an exciting and rare opportunity

Hywel Dda University Health Board are advertising for a nurse to join their electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) team. An exciting and rare opportunity has arisen for a Band 5 Electroconvulsive Therapy Recovery (ECT) Nurse to join the ECT Team for Hywel … Continue reading

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ECT in Texas 2019/20

Texas Health and Human Services have recently published (April 2021) their annual statistics on the use of electroconvulsive therapy (ECT). “ECT providers submitted 2,645 ECT reports and administered 16,895 treatments to patients across all four quarters of fiscal year 2020.” … Continue reading

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ECT in Manchester

Today’s edition of the Manchester Evening News (26 April 2021) includes an article with the title “Mental health boss defends use of controversial ECT ‘shock’ therapy for depression”. The article briefly discusses the recently published second independent audit of electroconvulsive … Continue reading

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ECT in England, Wales and Ireland 2018/19: detained patients outnumber informal patients

The latest survey (2018-19) from the Royal College of Psychiatrists’ Electroconvulsive Therapy Accreditation Service (ECTAS) shows that, for the first time, over half of ECT patients were detained. The proportion of people given ECT without their consent however remained at … Continue reading

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Second independent audit of ECT in England, 2019

The journal Psychology and Psychotherapy has just (March 2021) published an article about the use of electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) by John Read and others (“A second independent audit of electroconvulsive therapy in England, 2019: Usage, demographics, consent, and adherence to … Continue reading

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ECT in Scotland 2019-2020

The Scottish ECT Accreditation Network (SEAN) have published a very brief report on the use of electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) in Scotland in 2019. The number of patients given ECT in Scotland in 2019 was 315, down 15% on the previous … Continue reading

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ECT: misinformation from the Government

In October 2020 Dr Rosena Allin-Khan, Labour MP for Tooting and shadow minister for mental health, submitted a written question about electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) to the Department of Health and Social Care. Here is her question and the answer. Question … 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, catatonia and court orders in the United States and Ireland

BMC Psychiatry has recently (September 2020) an article by three psychiatrists in the United States (Dallas Wolfgang Hamlin, Nuzhat Hussain and Aum Pathare) with the title “Storms and silence: a case report of catatonia and paroxysmal sympathetic hyperactivity following cerebral … Continue reading

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