Increase in electric shock treatments

RESEARCHERS have recorded a large increase in the number of North-East psychiatric patients given electric shock treatment.

Figures obtained from the Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Trust under the Freedom of Information Act show there were 3,383 instances where patients were given electro-convulsive therapy, or ECT.

This represented a 48 per cent increase on the 2,283 ECT administrations given during 2006.

The figures were obtained by the Citizens Commission on Human Rights, a campaigning international organisation set up by the Church of Scientology.

Scientologists are opposed to the methods used by psychiatrists to treat mental illness.

Brian Daniels, national spokesman for the CCHR in the UK said: “In spite of their sophisticated trappings of science, the brutality of ECT shows that psychiatry hasnt advanced beyond the cruelty and barbarism of its earliest treatments.

“It has all the marks of physical torture methods that might belong in the armoury of a KGB interrogator rather than in the inventory of a medical practioner”, he added.

The CCHR is a Church of Scientology front group dedicated to pursuing Hubbard’s goal of obliterating psychiatry altogether. The vast majority of information on their website (www[dot]cchr[dot]org) is either outdated, misleading or in some cases outright wrong. While there are clearly legitimate concerns to be had with psychiatry, Scientology’s strategy of misinformation does not help to tackle them.