posted on Apr, 21 2009 @ 07:51 PM
reply to post by X-tal_Phusion
I don't generally watch videos, because I think they're poor sources of information most times (inadequate sourcing, too much spin control in
lighting, sound, music, visual effects, etc). I think the written word is more trustworthy.
But I did watch that video, and I do feel for that man.
But it certainly didn't tell us the whole story. First, for whatever reason, he has a medical and legal conservator who has been appointed for him by
the court system and who has given consent for the continuing treatments. In such a case, this would replace the family's wishes; if there is reason
to believe the conservator is not acting in the patient's best interests that should be pursued in a court of law and either his mother or (and
presumably this is the case or he wouldn't have one now) if she is unable or inappropriate to fill that role, a new conservator could be
Second, we are given no image of what his life was like prior to 2007 when the ECT treatments began. His main expressed reason that he wants them to
stop is because it requires fasting before the treatment -- I can easily imagine that without treatment his condition was far more unpleasant than
being subjected to two 12-hour fasts per month.
Third, we are not given any medical expert's opinion or point of view as to why the continuing treatments are needed. Both he and his mother are
clear on the fact that the first treatments made him better
-- there may be a good reason for the doctors to believe that stopping treatment
would result in a relapse.
And all of that is assuming that the case is genuine, that the people in the video are who they say they are and are not lying about any of the
circumstances, and that they are not being paid or otherwise reimbursed as spokespersons of the anti-psychiatry movement.
It's going to take a lot more to convince me that there is an extensive practice of subjecting people to ECT against their wishes and against the
wishes of those responsible for making medical decisions for them.