Toddlers being given electroshock in Australia
There is disturbing news from Melbourne, Australia. Toddlers are being given electroshock in Australia. An article appeared in the Melbourne Sun on Sunday, January 25, 2009. The title of the article is called “Child Shock Therapy”. The link for this article is:
This is Newsletter # 1 (January 2009)
by Sue Clark-Wittenberg (director of the ICBE)
Wednesday, January 28, 2009
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I am outraged that toddlers are being given electoshock in Australia. This has got to stop.
As I sit writing this newletter this morning, I am thinking of Ray Sandford from Minnesota. This man is being forced to have electroshock today. He has had dozens of electroshocks against his will at the Mercy Hospital. He is being tortured with electroshock. Electroshock is a crime against humanity.
Electroshock must be banned now.
See on this website the page called “Action Alerts” for all the info on how to stop
Ray from being tortured with ECT. I have spoken to Ray on two occasions. Ray is a nice man. It scares him that he has to have ECT every other Wednesday. He doesn’t want ECT at all.
I remember when I had ECT forced upon me back in 1973 at the Brockville
Psychiatric Hospital. I was scared for having ECT. On my 5th ECT, my heart
stopped and I had to revived. My ECTs were discontinued them.
ECT always causes brain damage 100% of the time. Go the page on this website
called “ECT & Brain Damage” and read Dr. Peter R. Breggin’s article called
“Disturbing News for Patients and Shock Doctors Alike”. Dr. Breggin discusses in
this article the ECT study done by Dr. Harold Sackeim. See Breggin.com
Two months ago I was watching tv with my husband Steven. I turned around to
him and said “what is your name”. My husband looked at me and laughed and
thought I was joking but I was not, I had forgotten my husband’s name. Steven
realized I was serious and said “my name is Steven Wittenberg. That was a scary
moment for me not knowing what my husband’s name was.
I suffer from permanent memory loss and have difficulty learning anything new since I had ECT in 1973. I went to Carleton University in 1995. I had to leave after one term as I could no retain, remember what I was learning.
ECT robbed me of a substantial career. What would I have become if I did not have ECT…. a doctor… a lawyer….who knows…we will never know.
You can’t get a good job without a good education, and you can’t learn if you can’t remember.
Prior to ECT, I had a photographic memory and rarely took books home to study.
I usually remembered the first time what I was learning. I was always second in
I live with the devastating effects everyday of this brain damaging ECT since 1973.
I survived to tell about ECT. Some people have died as a result of having ECT.
Some have gone into a coma. I saw first hand with my own eyes what it is like to
see someone after they had ECT and went into a coma for life never to recover.
I saw this person in Ottawa and believe you me it was a disturbing sight to see.
That could have been me, and it could have been you.
The Canadian Psychiatric Association (CPA) and the American Psychiatric Associaiton (APA) say on their position papers about ECT and say ECT is safe and so are the ECT machines. That is not true at all. There have lawsuits won by ECT victims and ECT machine lawsuits won by people. See ECT.org and see the lawsuits section. The ICBE has held protests at the Canadian Psychiatric Association (CPA) in Ottawa at their headquarters on Laurier Ave. and will continue to do so. I spoke at the 1993 CPA and APA conference in Toronto. I was on a panel discussing ECT. Dr. Breggin was on the panel also. Don Weitz of Toronto taped the session at the conference for his then radio show on CKLN. Don Weitz has been a long time anti-ECT activist.
The bottom line is that electroshock (ECT) always causes brain damage and the time has come for all of
us to ban ECT universally. With your help we can do it. See the section on this website called
“Political Action to take”. I have a vision that ECT will be banned all over the world. It will take time
but it can do done and it will be done. The worldwide movement to ban electroshock is demanding that
this 70 year old barbaric form of torture called ECT end today.
Dr. Breggin visited the Royal Ottawa Hospital in the early 90s. Dr. Breggin spoke at a seminar held by the ROH. I was there as well and so was Dr. Joel Jeffries from the Clarke Institute in Toronto.
I worked at the Royal Ottawa Hospital (ROH) now called the Royal Ottawa Mental Health Center. Sue worked in the 1990s as a speaker for Consumer-As-Expert program run by the Education Department at the ROH. Marian Crow was the co-ordinator of this program. Sue discussed antipsychiatry issues. I was a former patient at the ROH and was admitted there many times in the past.
The Consumer-As-Expert program shut down in the mid 90s due to a lack of funding. Marian Crow is one of my friends.
I have been free of psychiatry and psychiatric pills and hospital admissions since 1990.
Read my life story where I was psychiatrized for 18 years in and out of psychiatric hospitals in Ottawa and in Ontario. See my website called “The Sue Clark Story” at the URL: suzyo.wordpress.com