Memory, its role in lived experience, and electroconvulsive therapy consent

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An important article by Patrick Seniuk on how deeply intricate memory is to a person’s lived experience and this perspectives implications for informed consent for electroconvulsive therapy (ECT).

As memory loss is a common ECT side-effect this article argues better patient education on memory loss and the ways it can effect their quality of life after ECT.

I’m shocked: informed consent in ECT and the phenomenological-self | Life Sciences, Society and Policy | Full Text (

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Anna is a childhood psychiatric drug and a teenage electroshock survivor. She founded Life After ECT to ensure people injured by electroconvulsive therapy have easy access to resources that can help them understand their injuries and find a path to recovery.

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  1. chaz

    it is alright finding the path to recovery after ECT but what about all the damage done to that person after having it

    1. afterect

      Hi Chaz…The path to recovery is about finding ways to correctly diagnose the damage you talk about and find the correct treatment injured ECT patients need to recover as much as possible, help with litigation, etc.

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