An interview with John Read and Irving Kirsch to discuss their paper which calls to prohibit ECT. This is because the negative effects of ECT are so strong, the evidence supporting it is so weak (especially in the long-term and beyond the improvement due to placebo) and there are other means of addressing the difficulties that the person is struggling with.
My view is ECT should be treated as an experimental, unproven procedure (because it is) and stopped nationally pending rigorous controlled research which monitors whether it works better than placebo 6 months or years after the final session has stopped.
Thousands of patients with mental health issues, including teenagers, are being given electroconvulsive therapy despite links to brain damage.
This week on MIA Radio we turn our attention to a recent debate held at the Institute of Psychology and Psychiatry, Kings College, London. "This house believes that ECT has no place in modern medicine".
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