ECT : Electro Convulsive Therapy has been controversial for some time and has attracted opposition to it in most countries .. Mind Freedom in the US has campaigned against its use in the case of Ray Sandford
Now there's an Irish Petition : (CLICK HERE)
We the undersigned support the deletion of section 59b of the Irish Mental Health Act 2001 which relates to the involuntary use of electroconvulsive therapy (ECT).
Section 59b presently states:
(b) where the patient is unable or unwilling to give such consent—
(i) the programme of therapy is approved (in a form specified by the Commission) by the consultant psychiatrist responsible for the care and treatment of the patient, and
(ii) the programme of therapy is also authorised (in a form specified by the Commission) by another consultant psychiatrist following referral of the matter to him or her by the first-mentioned psychiatrist.
Please note that this Bill and this petition does not interfere with the right of people to choose to have ECT administered if that is their wish.
Its a process of shocking the brain and arguably blocking off depression and its causes, and replaces depression with a degree of memorylessness with little further access into what is causing the depression .....
Its like an electrical amputation of part of the Self .. Some people may wish it though so finally even as the Irish petition notes, there has to be a choice
Sadness is not an evil. Sadness is the Self collecting its own brand of accepted wisdom.
Psychic pain though has to be treated carefully when processed into human connection and there's the rub , there's the real problem across western cultures in so far as we need more practitioners of restoration of the human narrative and therapy supply that enables the Self to emotionally grieve into acceptance its damages ..
That costs money . But unless we pay, it will cost part of our cultures paying in illness we never listened to deeply enough ..