Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) is a controversial depression treatment
This controversy is well earned as:
- The electroshock devices used to generate seizures has never been FDA tested.
- The procedure itself is not standardized or regulated.
- Consent forms do not adequately inform patients of risks before undergoing this procedure.
- ECT is still given to many by force or coercion.
- In some parts of the world ECT is 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.
Life After ECT Aims
- Inform public of all ECT risks.
- Help injured patients access necessary resources for testing and rehabilitation.
- Assist patients in submitting their injuries to the FDA.
- Help families impacted by ECT induced brain damage understand what their loved ones symptoms mean and how to be supportive.
- 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:
- ECT survivors
- Psychiatric survivor peers
- Allies from various medical & mental health fields
Frequently Asked Questions
Are you trying to ban ECT?
Our goals ensure patient safety through
- honest consent provision
- device safety testing required by the FDA
- standardization & regulation
- proper after-care for patients
- recognition and treatment for those injured
ECT saved my life! I’m happy with it the way it is.
We’re grateful you were helped. Please help ensure others enjoy the same success by signing our petition.