ECT related death not properly addressed due to COVID-19

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You know what makes me furious? Learning of gross negligence involving the care of vulnerable people with severe disabilities resulting in death!

On Feb. 21, a Stepping Stones for Living resident “received electroconvulsive therapy from a specialized clinic and was told to expect to be groggy and sleepy.

“Upon returning to [Stepping Stones for Living], the person went to bed and never left it, and was declared dead almost 24 hours later.

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Sarah P. Hancock

Sarah Price Hancock, MS, CRC, lived for nearly two decades misdiagnosed with severe mental illness. She was given 116 bilateral ECT treatments and now lives with delayed electrical injury. Sarah holds a Master’s in Rehabilitation Counseling and taught for four years in San Diego State University’s Rehabilitation Counseling program. She also hosts The Emotional Self-Reliance Podcast and guest lectures on psychiatric recovery.

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