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New ECT resource for patients, families, advocates, researchers, and providers.

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Peter Breggin, MD, provides a new website with links to helpful blogs, as well as more than 125 scientific articles dealing with the effects of electroshock therapy (ECT). This is a great resource for those new to learning about ECT, as well as those who want to dig deeper.

www.ECTresources.org a new hub of information on electroshock thereapy

Breggin as devoted decades to reforming the mental health field. His scientific and educational work has provided the foundation for modern criticism of psychiatric drugs and ECT, and leads the way in promoting more caring and effective therapies.

To add to his many contributions, he has created a hub for scholarly articles dealing with the effects of electroshock therapy. 

The site's introduction says:

ECT (electroconvulsive therapy) involves the application of two electrodes to the head to pass electricity through the brain with the goal of causing an intense seizure or convulsion. The process always damages the brain, resulting each time in a temporary coma and often a flatlining of the brain waves, which is a sign of impending brain death. After one, two or three ECTs, the trauma causes typical symptoms of severe head trauma or injury including headache, nausea, memory loss, disorientation, confusion, impaired judgment, loss of personality, and emotional instability. These harmful effects worsen and some become permanent as routine treatment progresses...

The easy-to-navigate website provides links to blogs and brochures for those new to learning about this topic. As well, it offers links to more than 125 scholarly articles. 

We think this will be an incredibly useful resource for patients, families, advocates, providers, and researchers alike.

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