A JOKE or is it

Defence Attorney: Did you have ECT?

Plaintiff: Yes.

Defence Attorney: How do you know you had ECT?

Plaintiff: This “Statement of Benefits Paid” shows a psychiatrist and an anesthesiologist billed the health care system for such a procedure every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday for these five consecutive weeks.

Defence Attorney: Do you have any other evidence than just this piece of paper?

Plaintiff: No.

Defence Attorney: Do you actually remember having ECT?

Plaintiff: No.

Defence Attorney: Do you have any recollection whatsoever of having ECT?

Plaintiff: No.

Defence Attorney: So how can you claim something happened when you have no memory whatsoever of it happening?

Plaintiff: The ECT erased my memory.

Defence Attorney: Your Honour, we have already heard expert testimony that ECT causes no memory loss. Furthermore, the psychiatric diagnosis of the plaintiff demonstrates that he is delusional, which proves the claim that he had ECT is just a delusion. My clients simply accidentally filled in the wrong numbers when filling out their time sheets. They have already submitted corrections and have returned the additional funds they received due to their error, which they regret deeply.

Judge: This is pretty clear. I can’t let this case continue. Case dismissed… However, I am concerned about the health of the plaintiff and his delusions. What will happen to him?

Defence Attorney: My clients are also concerned about him and have offered to treat him pro bono.

Judge: This is very commendable. You doctors are a credit to your profession. Do you think you can really help him?

A Defendant: Yes, Your Honour. We plan to give him ECT until he’s not a problem whatsoever

Victim of psychiatrist’s testicle-zap therapy says pain excruciating – PsychSearch

http://www.nzherald.co.nz By Martin Johnston May 24, 2012 Zapping a teenage boy on the testicles with an electric shock machine because he was considered naughty was an act far outside normal practice, a medical academic told police. “In summary, Dr [Selwyn] Leeks’ treatments appeared to depart significantly from the standards of the day,” wrote Dr Garry …

Source: Victim of psychiatrist’s testicle-zap therapy says pain excruciating – PsychSearch

Television: Dark mental health days revisited – Wanganui Chronicle – Wanganui Chronicle News

Thank you, Maori Television, for screening the strong but shameful documentary/film Mental Notes on Tuesday at 8.30pm. This was the powerful work of Jim Marbrook about New Zealand’s psychiatric hospitals…

Source: Television: Dark mental health days revisited – Wanganui Chronicle – Wanganui Chronicle News

Electroconvulsive therapy without consent in New South Wales

ECT statistics

A recent article (Effectiveness of left anterior right temporal electrode placement in electroconvulsive therapy: 3 case reports) in the Journal of ECT by psychiatrist Alan Michael Weiss and colleagues at Hunter New England Mental Health and Calvary Mater Hospital, Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia, described the use of maintenance electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) on three women over the age of 65.

The first woman was aged 73, living in a care home and having ECT every two weeks. She had had 196 treatments.
The second woman was aged 77, lived with her son and was having ECT every two weeks. She had had 164 treatments since 2008.
The third woman was aged 84, living in a care home and was having ECT every week. She had had a total of 132 treatments.
The first and third women were receiving ECT with the machine on a very setting – 706mC.

In spite…

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