“Shock tactics”, ethics, and fear. An academic and personal perspective on the case against ECT.

British Journal of Psychiatry (forthcoming)
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Despite extensive evidence for its effectiveness, ECT remains the subject of fierce opposition from those contesting its benefits and claiming extreme harms. Alongside some reflections on my experiences of this treatment, I examine the case against ECT, and find that it appears to rest primarily on unsubstantiated claims about major ethical violations, rather than clinical factors such as effectiveness and risk.

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Tania Gergel
King's College London


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