What to do if you’re threatened with forced ECT

If you or a loved one are facing threats of forced ECT, you first need to immediately call your state’s Protection and Advocacy Department. Click here for more information and direct contact to your state. These are federally funded (CMHS) to investigate reports of abuse and neglect in mental health facilities, private or public. I will say that some states’ P&A’s are better than others. Frankly, some suck. Others don’t. Hopefully you live in a good state.

National Disability and Rights Network: Protection and advocacy for persons with disabilities.

If you have called your state’s P&A for any assistance and they gave you the run-around, please contact me, and I will use my connections and resources to investigate.

Once you’ve called your P&A to find out your rights, you should contact me. You can either email me or call my office phone and leave a voice mail. Contact information is on the contact page. You don’t have to go public to fight it, although involving the media can often bring pressure that will cause doctors to back down. On the other hand, such pressure can also cause them to dig in for a battle. I will do everything I can to bring in others and fight for you.

You will not be alone.

If you need help, public awareness can help, but it is not mandatory. You do not have to go public as the persons portrayed here have done. It’s understandably a frightening thing, and the stigma can be nearly as frightening as the forced treatment.

But you do need to make a commitment to say no, even if you said yes in the past.

Comments (6)

Dawn C RankinAugust 15th, 2007 at 7:31 pm

Hello there brave soul,
Do you know of any UK sites that are of a campaigning nature to get ect banned?
All the very best with your work
Dawn x

Dawn C RankinAugust 15th, 2007 at 7:32 pm

Hello there again,
Forgot to tick the box for follow up comments
Dawn x

Ed BoltonSeptember 1st, 2007 at 4:51 am

Your information has been a blessing. In San
Jose one has disappered before one knows one
will get shock. 5150′s

Lisa KlineFebruary 25th, 2008 at 7:29 pm

your site is amazing, can i still call these people even if my forced ECT happened years ago when i was a minor? (i was 15 im 20 now.)

anuj kaushikApril 15th, 2009 at 12:40 am

I was given forced ECT in 2003 .Before that a was a brilliant post graduate student in computer sciences and with a great job. Now I am without a job, with 80 % memory loss and with virtually no learning skills. Thanks to ECT therapy and the cheat indian doctors who made a lot of money out of my compulsion and bipolar illness.They have left me totally ruined for the rest of my life. My memory does not regenerate 6 years after the doctors made a lot of money out my illness. I live in a country where people with no ilnesses and disease are also dying of hunger and poverty.No one in India needs me as Iam totally useless as far as my two degrees in computer scinces is concerned

How many people’s lives will be ruined before they ban this horrible treatment called ECT

Anuj Kaushik
A 23 sector 34 NOIDA INDIA
Phone 0120 – 2506061, 0120- 4281576
E mail kokisharma12@gmail.com

TrisanDecember 3rd, 2009 at 11:34 am

I would have to say that without ECT I would be in a mental hospital or worse, jail or prison.

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