Category Archives: ECT worldwide

Maintenance ECT in Victoria, Australia

In my last post I looked at the high use of electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) in Victoria, Australia, and in particular its high use on people without their consent. Last year an article published in the journal Epilepsia provided a glimpse … Continue reading

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ECT without consent in Victoria, Australia

The Supreme Court of Victoria, Australia, has today (14 August 2017) been hearing a case involving electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) brought by Victoria Legal Aid.  Two people who did not want ECT had the treatment ordered by the Mental Health Tribunal, … 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 and young people in China

China accounts for over one sixth of the world’s population, but it generally does not receive much attention in discussions on the use of electroconvulsive therapy (ECT). Such discussions generally centre on its use in Western countries, especially English-speaking ones, with only … Continue reading

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ECT in Scotland, Texas and Queensland

There are few places in the world that collect and publish reasonably accurate statistics on the use of electroconvulsive therapy. Scotland and Texas, USA, publish annual reports on the use of ECT; Queensland, Australia, recently published some statistics in response … Continue reading

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ECT in the Republic of Ireland: women, men, and misquoted statistics

In my last post I discussed the latest statistics on electroconvulsive (ECT) use in the Republic of Ireland, which can be found in a report by the Mental Health Commission. The report showed that two-thirds of those give ECT in … Continue reading

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ECT in the Republic of Ireland 2015

Last month the Mental Health Commission in the Republic of Ireland published a report on the use of electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) in 2014 and 2015. In February this year the law changed to allow capable people to say no to … Continue reading

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