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ECT survivors win major legal victory! Celebration and presentation (Photo) - 12/02/18

Well, what is the sense of ruining my head and erasing my memory, which is my capital, and putting me out of business? It was a brilliant cure but we lost the patient. ” Ernest Hemingway on ECT

Join Rethinking Psychiatry to celebrate!

Founder of ECT Justice and retired nurse, Deborah Schwartzkopff, and retired psychologist, Michael Sturman, are survivors of electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) and will speak about their experiences. Schwartzkopff will explain the successful lawsuit against device manufacturers. Schwartzkopff and Sturman will discuss why women and elders are more likely to be given shock treatment and what the court ruling means for thousands of victims living with after-effects of shock.

The Rethinking Psychiatry talk will be held at the Montavilla United Methodist Church at 232 SE 80th Street in Portland, from 7-9 p.m., on Wednesday, December 5. The event is free, but donations are welcome. The venue is ADA accessible and open to all.

Schwartzkopff and Sturman were given misleading information about ECT. They were told that ECT had evolved into a safe, effective treatment for severe depression and PTSD, and that it was no longer the barbaric procedure featured in old films like “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest.” While ECT has indeed changed over the years, Schwartzkopff and Sturman found that it was still a damaging process that did far more harm than good. Countless people have had similar experiences. Activists worldwide have worked on this issue for decades to bring light to these facts.

This will be Schwartzkopff’s second time speaking for Rethinking Psychiatry. (See for more information about her first talk). Her last talk was riveting, and she has a lot more to tell us now about her work with ECT Justice and about the successful legal battle against one ECT manufacturer for failing to comply with FDA regulations and failing to warn people of the dangers of ECT.

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