Clayton Hanks
Clayton Hanks

As a young boy I was a patient at Willmar Regional Treatment Center. I remember seeing adult patients walking the yard or in the canteen from the adult units. Some of them were there permantly because of ECT many years behavior and the damage it did to their brains. They were mentally "vegatative."I was afraid of them. I feard becoming like them one day. And early this year I was civilly commited to the Minnesota DHS at Anoka Regional Treatment Center where I met and lived in the same unit...

As a young boy I was a patient at Willmar Regional Treatment Center. I remember seeing adult patients walking the yard or in the canteen from the adult units. Some of them were there permantly because of ECT many years behavior and the damage it did to their brains. They were mentally "vegatative."I was afraid of them. I feard becoming like them one day. And early this year I was civilly commited to the Minnesota DHS at Anoka Regional Treatment Center where I met and lived in the same unit as a young man who had been through a year or so of ECT. He was given ECT to both sides of his brain. In todays use of ECT one sider is almost always the way it is done. The patient was a zombie-he could not function mentally. He couldn't talk well, nor remember almost anything Some times he spent days forced to lay in hs bed most of the day. He drulled, stared blankly infront of him, and was hard to be around out of empathy. Other patients said he was not like that when he came their. They said he was always talking, making trouble, and joking around. He was a behavioral problem for the staff. After almost a year of his ECT treatment he was lost- he was like a ghost struggling to attach to this world. I will never forget him. I will never forget that a psychiatrist can get a judge to sign papers that give them power to take away our minds either. I am afraid that my own depression will one day lead to.

Grace Ayotte
Grace Ayotte
  • Clayton Hanks

Maybe have a lawyer write up a statement from you that you refuse to have this done now or ever and sign it so you have legal paper to show you do not want this done to you in your lifetime! May work I hope! Good luck always, Grace Ayotte

Richard A. Tucker
Richard A. Tucker

It's maddening that in this day and age, when all the science proves how destructive this truly is, that we STILL do it. It's inhumane and completely immoral.

Melissa Burch
Melissa Burch
  • Richard A. Tucker

I will def join this cause. My brother in law was put through it for being gay, many years ago. They thought it could change a gay person to be straight. I did not know they were using it on women.

Nicola Nissen
Nicola Nissen

My god what century are we living in. I thought this sortr of treatment went out with the dark ages. Of course I support the stopping of it and can't believe I need to. My sympathy to all who have had or are in fear of having any such cruelty imposed on them. RUBY if no consent is needed does that occur only if the patient has no family to back them?

Mary Power
Mary Power
  • Nicola Nissen

In Republic of Ireland, psychiatrists have been given power, under the 2001 Mental Health Act, to over-rule next-of-kin's wishes. Not sure what the law is in other countries. I am ashamed to be irish and absolutely TERRIFIED of growing old, having once before been reduced to a vegetative state, by psychiatrists who inflicted "intensive treatment" (ect + hi-dose anti-psych meds + sodium amytyl) on me, without my consent and without my knowledge. When I found out, it was already
too late to prosecute them.

Nelson Marques
Nelson Marques

We shouldn't even be having this conversation, the fact that we are is a sign that our planet is doomed. Do you care? That is the question? What will you do? Not do? No action, no change. Talk is not action, it's a preliminary.

Kathleen Clementi
Kathleen Clementi

I do not believe that any treatment should be forced. Cancer patients are not forced to undergo surgery to remove tumors, they can refuse if they choose. Why should mental health consumers not have the same rights?

Valorie McLain
Valorie McLain

This was done to my own mother when I was just a toddler. She spoke of the horrors of it for years. She is no longer with us. I sometimes wonder if the shock treatments contributed to her myriad of illnesses over the years, including a brain tumor (discovered in the late 90's), and an abnormal fear of certain situations. She remembered being in that place and never really got over it. Mom had a stroke in 2002 and passed away in 2003 at the age of 68. I wonder sometimes if she would...

This was done to my own mother when I was just a toddler. She spoke of the horrors of it for years. She is no longer with us. I sometimes wonder if the shock treatments contributed to her myriad of illnesses over the years, including a brain tumor (discovered in the late 90's), and an abnormal fear of certain situations. She remembered being in that place and never really got over it. Mom had a stroke in 2002 and passed away in 2003 at the age of 68. I wonder sometimes if she would still be with us today if she had not had the shock treatments and subsequently been put on a life-long cocktail of psychotropic meds... I wonder if she had been treated with natural remedies instead, would her life have taken a much different, less painful path. We'll never know.

Mary Maddock
Mary Maddock
  • Valorie McLain

Sorry Valorie! There is no doubt that there are gentler, more humanitarian ways to help people if they want it.

Grace Ayotte
Grace Ayotte

I have never had anything like this and never will give my permission to have it done either! NOT RIGHT! Grace Ayotte

Christine Kiefer
Christine Kiefer

this is inhumane. with modern technology there is a better and safer way to help people rather than using electroshock. electroshock solves absolutely nothing.

Ruby Finnie
Ruby Finnie

if you are sectioned under the mental health act they do NOT NEED YOUR CONSENT.

Wendy Carson
Wendy Carson

No one should ever be forced to have any invasive treatment such as Shock therapy.I have known many who have had this treatment and still have lost memories and fear.although I have to say that although I think that is an extreme in any case there are many others that say that this helped them with depression.they were Adults and had the power to consent or refuse the worst is when they use this form of treatment without consent on the elderly and young teens as away of controlling behavior.

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