Sunday, March 13, 2005

Submission

I am currently working on a submission to the government of the Territory of Australia that I live in. I read on the APA site that the largest Psych body on the planet dismisses claims of brain damage from Electro-Convulsive Therapy (ECT) as 'a myth'. How can they be...no, forget that, how can they believe that others are so stupid as to believe that? A brain is an electrical circuit that operates ordinarily on millivolts (thousandths of a volt). ECT operates on a voltage of between 75 and 460 volts... and that is not going to cause brain damage? The justification for frying peoples' brains is that it changes behaviour. Well whacking someone with a piece of 4 x 2 repeatedly would also change behaviour (make people more docile), but you wouldn't be so crass as to call it 'treatment'.

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