Psychiatry in the media
08 June 2017

Psychiatry in the media

Psychiatry in the media

 

There was a Guardian article published on the 17th April in which Richard Bentall, psychologist from Liverpool repeated ill-judged negative comments about ECT that the media have previously picked up on. Our own Tim Oakley, consultant psychiatrist in Northumberland who, unlike Richard Bentall, actually has experience of using ECT, was the voice of reason in this article https://www.theguardian.com/so...  . This article prompted a flash of responses across social media; Professor Louis Appleby @ProfLAppleby said "Friend with depression said #ECT saved her life but too ashamed to tell anyone because of its public image: different kind of #stigma" , and there were two further Guardian articles- one from Robert Tobiansky ECT consultant in Barnet, Enfield and Haringey https://www.theguardian.com/so... and one from Andrew Mayers https://www.theguardian.com/co... who pointed out that ECT caused his brother to be reborn after the "self-depleting torment"  of depression. He said that the smiling face of his brother should be the new image of ECT. It also led to a response in the Independent from George Kirov, ECT consultant based in Wales http://www.independent.co.uk/news/health/electroconvulsive-therapy-does-work-and-it-can-be-miraculous-a7695391.html

I think that ECT is a safe and effective treatment that works faster than antidepressants http://bjp.rcpsych.org/content... and that it doesn’t  doesn't deserve the negative propaganda which can only be to the detriment of people with depression but have a look at the links and draw your own conclusions.

 

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