Saturday, November 15, 2008

Follow up on MindFreedom’s action alert against Ray’s involuntary ECT

from MindFreedom:

One of the toughest times is when I talk to someone who is about to have involuntary electroshock. 

Ray Sandford talked to me before his involuntary electroshock the other day. And then again today, Wednesday afternoon, I talked to him after his electroshock. 

He told me he was told today was his 33rd electroshock in this series, which may mean he has been receiving "maintenance" electroshock for more than six months. 

Meanwhile, Jeremy in our office found an example of a court order in 2002 in Minnesota precisely on involuntary  electroshock. While client personal information was removed, and it does look legitimate, we did not get this directly from the court so we cannot vouch for its authenticity. 

Judge for yourself:

Note that in number 3 of the "facts" is the statement that persistent memory loss can be "fully mitigated" by relearning information, a totally unscientific statement. Of course, plenty of scientific studies show that even newer types of electroshock can result in persistent memory problems that are impossible to "fix." That a finding of "fact" in a court order could be so bizarrely unscientific shows the astounding power imbalance for people on the receiving end of electroshock, who often lack aggressive and professional legal representation.

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