Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) is a controversial treatment 

This controversy is well earned as:

  • The electroshock devices used to generate seizures have never been FDA safety tested for safety or efficacy
  • ECT treatment is not standardized or regulated
  • Consent forms do not fully inform patients of risks before undergoing treatment
  • Many are still given ECT by coercion or force 
  • No one who administers ECT is required to understand pathophysiology of repeated exposure to high (bipolar-pulsed) electric fields nor do they have training in Physics to distinguish between ECT settings (pulsed electric fields)
  • In some countries ECT is still given without anesthesia or muscle paralytics
  • ECT is given to vulnerable groups including pregnant women, veterans, the elderly, prison inmates, autistic, and children 13 and younger
  • Injured ECT recipients are not given proper testing or rehabilitation

Life After ECT Aims

  • Inform public of all ECT immediate and long-term risks
  • Help injured patients access comprehensive testing and rehabilitation
  • Help injured patients report their injuries to the FDA
  • Help families impacted by ECT injury understand and support their loved ones
  • Provide a place for those injured to be heard

Audit ECT Campaign

  • Safety testing, regulation
  • Fully informed consent
  • Mandate appropriate testing & rehab for all ECT patients

Who we Are

A coalition of concerned:

  • Former ECT recipients
  • Peers injured by psychiatric intervention
  • Allies from various medical & mental health fields
  • Journalists