Therapy or Torture? The Truth about Electroshock

A Documentary that will Shock the World

Therapy or Torture? The Truth about Electroshock is a hard-hitting exposé on the most barbaric psychiatric practice in use today. This gripping documentary provides compelling evidence of the brain damage and deadly effects of ECT (ElectroConvulsive Therapy).

Ask anyone on the street about electroshock and they’ll probably tell you it’s a relic of a bygone era, something that has been banned for decades. Not so. Worldwide, about one million people a year — including pregnant women and children under the age of five — are subjected to electroconvulsive therapy.
In fact, psychiatrists are now promoting the use of ECT as a solution for “treatment-resistive” patients, those who don’t respond to psychiatric drugs. So electroshock is back with a vengeance.

Why does psychiatry have such a love affair with ECT despite the brain damage and devastation that it causes? The one-word answer: money. ECT is now a $5.4 billion dollar industry in just the US alone.

The purpose of ECT is to induce a major seizure in the patient. There is abundant evidence that seizures can be brain damaging, no matter how they come about. Seizures cause acute as well as chronically damaging inflammatory reactions in the brain. Just as in epilepsy, brain inflammation is caused by ECT-induced seizures. Studies that use MRI and sophisticated spectography scans document significant inflammation of brain nerves after ECT. In other words, they show electroporation — the production of holes in brain cell membranes, leading to memory loss, cognitive loss, and other devastating adverse effects.
Psychiatrists will tell you that the brain damage itself is what causes an apparent improvement in depression symptoms. In fact, in 1942 American psychiatrist Abraham Myerson said: “The reduction of intelligence is an important factor in the curative process. The fact is that some of the very best cures that one gets are in those individuals whom one reduces almost to amentia [feeble-mindedness]”.

We think you might agree that an effective cure should involve an increase in intelligence, rather than a decrease.

Download and read the CCHR booklet “The Brutal Reality – Harmful psychiatric ‘treatments’ – report and recommendations on the destructive practices of electroshock and psychosurgery.

Visit BanECT.org to learn the truth about ECT and take effective action to end it.