Saturday, May 07, 2005

Psychiatric Twit of the Week

Alexa Srzich is the psychiatrist who flicks the switch for Shock Treatment in Auckland. He believes that the ‘treatment’ should be used more often.

He was quoted as saying: "I think it's probably under-utilised,"

The brain operates off millivolts (thousandths of a volt). Shock Treatment uses up to 460 volts. It is not hard to figure out that the ONLY result of passing up to 460 volts through the brain is brain damage.

Those who suffer through Shock Treatment have exactly the same symptoms as head trauma victims of traffic accidents. Brain damage is not the side effect of Shock Treatment, brain damage is the treatment.

I find it hard to buy the argument that some psychs are innocent of ill-intent, and genuinely don’t understand that they are causing brain damage with Shock Treatment, but just maybe it is true. In that spirit Alexa Srzich is our 'Psychiatric Twit of the Week'.

2 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Okay, first of all, the machine measures the resistance and then calculates the voltage required to produce an adequate stimulus, secondly ninety percent of the current passes through the scalp and skull, not the brain. Thirdly the current is rapidly modulated on and off so it is actually only flowing a tiny proportion of the stimulus time.

Quite different to applying 460 volts directly to your brain.

2:54 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Philip you 'seem' knowledgeable on this matter, considering you are a restaurateur? Please advise on your capacity to comment.

3:46 PM  

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