Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) is a controversial depression 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.
  • ECT is still given to many 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 as young as 13.
  • Injured ECT patients are not given proper testing or rehabilitation. 

Life After ECT Aims

  • Inform public of all ECT risks.
  • Help injured patients access necessary resources for testing and rehabilitation.
  • Help injured patients report their injuries to the FDA.
  • Help families impacted by ECT injury understand their loved ones symptoms and needs. 
  • Provide a platform 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:

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