ECT in the Sunday Mirror and on Sky News

ECT statistics

The Sunday Mirror on 13 January 2019 ran a feature about the use of electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) in England: “Teenagers with mental health issues given brain electric shock therapy on NHS.”

The article came up with some statistics:

“Figures obtained under the Freedom of Information Act show that from 2016 to 2018, 5,165 patients were given shocks to the brain as high as 460 volts.

The patients were aged 16 to 98. The total number of teens treated is not identified but a separate report seen by the Mirror shows one in six NHS Trusts administered ECT to under-18s.”

The figures are an underestimate as the report says that 37 trusts provided them with information. (There are over 50 mental health trusts in England and nearly all of them use ECT.)

The article interviewed professor of psychology John Read, psychiatrist Tim Oakley and two doctors who had undergone the treatment…

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