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  • 02:00

    Talk with Tenney: Special Electroshock: Cognitive Impairments and Rehabilitation

    in Current Events

    Call in (267)521-0167 9-11 PM Eastern 9/30/2015 to be part of the special series on electroshock is a crime against humanity continues.


    Loretta Wilson, Jane Rice, and other shock survivors will discuss cognitive impairment and rehabilitation after shock.


    From Loretta Wilson:


    In the year 2000 I was informed by the psychiatrist/professor of Michigan State University Dale D`Mello that I would need maintenance ECT and psych meds for the remainder of my life.


    The last electroshock was administered by D. D`Mello in/around September of 2000.


    In 2007 I began to taper off the drugs as well.  I began to lose weight (good thing because I tipped the scales at 261 lbs) and started getting healthier.  By 2009 I no longer needed my cane or handicap parking permit.


    One drug kept me working for 8 long years.  Klonopin had so affected me it took 8 years to finally be set free.  My goal to become "drug free" has become a reality this year.  I have been drug free for quite some time now.  My physical health also improved to the point I am no longer taking medications for anything except a small dose of thyroid hormone. 


     


    In loving memory of Sue Clark-Wittenberg https://vimeo.com/laurentenney/in-loving-memory-of-sue-clark-wittenberg


    Participate in this: https://aftershocklifeafterect.wordpress.com/2015/06/10/a-tragically-common-story/

  • 02:01

    Talk with Tenney: Electroshock: A Crime Against Humanity

    in Current Events

    fom the perspectives of people who survivors of electroshock.


    Sue Clark-Wittenberg wrote me:


    Electroshock also known as ECT, shock, and electroconvulsive therapy is still being given.  Yearly 100,00 people in the USA get ECT.  Most people are forced to have ECT.  Worldwide, it is estimated that 1 to 2  to million ECTs are being given.


    Sue Clark-Wittenberg is an electroshock survivor.  At 17 years old shewas forced to have ECT in 1973.  On her 5th ECT her heart stopped and she had to revived.  In 1998 Sue became an anti-psychiatry activist.


    Sue and her husband Steven founded in 2005 The International Campaign to Ban Electroshock (ICBE). The ICBE deems ECT to be torture, barbaric, inhumane, unethical and a crime against humanity.  ECT must be banned universally.  ECT always causes brain damage.


    Don Weitz is a psychiatric survivor of insulin shock in the 1950s, an antipsychiatry and social justice activist. Since 1974, Don has been active in the Psychiatric Survivor Liberation Movement; in the 1980s has participated in many public protests including civil disobedience against electroshock and was arrested at least twice with several other survivor activists. Don is co-founder of Phoenix Rising (the first antipsychiatry magazine in Canada,1980-1990), co-editor of the antipsychiatry anthology Shrink Resistant: The Struggle Against Psychiatry in Canada (1988), author of the e-book Rise Up/Fight Back (2012), and co-founder (with Dr. Bonnie Burstow) of the Coalition Against Psychiatric Assault (CAPA). He continues to protest against the "mental health" system and psychiatry, he lives in Toronto. 

  • 02:00

    Talk with Tenney: Electroshock: Informed Consent and Litigation Strategies

    in Current Events

    Debra Schwartzkopff, a shock survivor who successfully settled a psychiatric malpractice suit out of court will discuss her efforts which can be found on the ECT Justice! website at www.ectjustice.com. 
    There is also a wealth of information and resources about electroshock.  From www.ECTJustice.com:

    "Our goal is to gather information from other ECT survivors with the purpose of improving standards in the consent process if this form of treatment is to continue. It is also to provide resources and information around the use of ECT."

    This conversation will focus on potential legal actions people who have survived electroshock may take and we will continue to discuss concerns about informed consent for electroshock.

    Electroshock is torture. Electroshock is a crime against humanity.

    Call in to discuss informed consent, electroshock, and potential legal actions that you can take! 9-11 PM Eastern (267)521-0167

  • 00:38

    Ted Chabasinski--Barbaric Electroshock still used on adults & children

    in Politics

    In coordination with Citizens Commission on Human Rights (cchr.org) we continue our expose' of the human rights violations conducted under the auspices of "mental health". 


    BIO:


    Ted Chabasinski is an attorney and human rights activist in Berkeley, California. In 1944, as a 6-year-old boy so intellectually gifted he jumped from first grade to third he was taken from his foster home in the Bronx to New York’s Bellevue Hospital where he was pronounced “schizophrenic”, because his mother had been labelled “schizophrenic”. There he began a series of 20 electro-convulsive shock treatments. The boy, Ted Chabasinski, was one of hundreds of children used in ECT experiments. Tests since condemned as barbaric. He remained an inmate in a state psychiatric hospital until the age of seventeen. Chabasinski survived and became active in the civil rights movement and ultimately an attorney.


    In January 2007 Chabasinski acted as the attorney for the late psychiatric survivor activist and author Judi Chamberlain, the medical journalist and author of Mad in America and Anatomy of an Epidemic, Robert Whitaker, and the director of MindFreedom International David Oaks in opposing a motion by Eli Lilly to extend an injunction to conceal documents that revealed that the company had known for the previous decade of the potentially lethal effects of Zyprexa ( an antipsychotic )and had engaged in an illegal off-label marketing campaign.


    As a patients’ rights lawyer, Chabasinski continues to champion human rights, and writes, speaks, and blogs on issues of individual rights and freedoms.


    Most recently, he has organized an International Day of Protest Against Shock Treatment, being held on May 16, 2015. There will be demonstrations in many countries and cities around the world.


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  • 01:55

    Talk with Tenney: Special: Tell the FDA No to Reclassifying the Shock Device

    in Current Events

    Call in (267) 521-0167 On December 30, 2015, from 9-11 PM Eastern, there will be a Special Episode of Talk with Tenney: Tell the FDA NO to Reclassifying the Shock Device. 


    Please join in to hear from people who have survived electroshock, the stories of people who have not survived, and concerned allies, in a move to try to combat the FDA's move to downgrade the shock device from a Class III experimental Device to a Class II device for those who are deemed "treatment resistant" or who "require a rapid response". 


     


    At 8:45 AM on December 29, 2015, the FDA will be publishing: "Neurological Devices: Electroconvulsive Therapy Devices Intended for Use in Treating Severe Major Depressive Episode in Patients 18 Years of Age and Older Who Are Treatment Resistant or Require a Rapid Response; Reclassification; etc./"


    From the draft document:  


    "FDA is inviting comments on whether the term "treatment resistant" and the phrase "require rapid response" provide sufficient clarity to the population for which ECT benefits outweigh risks."


     FDA -- I am sure we will have plenty to say on what is meant by "Treatment Resistant" and "Require Rapid Response". 


    We will have 90 days to respond to the open docket -- 90 days to try to stop this from happening.  


     


    (to hear a reading of the document, recorded on December 29, 2015 @ 9 AM please visit \


    http://www.blogtalkradio.com/talkwithtenney/2015/12/29/talk-with-tenney-special-reading-of-shock-fda-reclassification-document

  • 01:52

    Talk with Tenney: Special Reading of Shock FDA Reclassification Document

    in Current Events

    At 8:45 AM on December 29, 2015, the FDA will be publishing: "Neurological Devices: Electroconvulsive Therapy Devices Intended for Use in Treating Severe Major Depressive Episode in Patients 18 Years of Age and Older Who Are Treatment Resistant or Require a Rapid Response; Reclassification; etc./"


     


    From the draft document:  
    "FDA is inviting comments on whether the term "treatment resistant" and the phrase "require rapid response" provide sufficient clarity to the population for which ECT benefits outweigh risks."


     


    On December 29, 2015, tune in at 9:00 AM Eastern to hear a reading of the published document.  


    Read along with me here: https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-12-29/pdf/2015-32592.pdf


    To see the Federal Register: https://www.federalregister.gov/articles/2015/12/29/2015-32592/neurological-devices-reclassification-of-electroconvulsive-therapy-devices-intended-for-use-in#h-7


    On December 30, 2015, from 9-11 PM Eastern, there will be a Special Episode of Talk with Tenney: Tell the FDA NO to Reclassifying the Shock Device. 


     


     FDA -- I am sure we will have plenty to say on what is meant by "Treatment Resistant" and "Require Rapid Response". 


    We will have 90 days to respond to the open docket -- 90 days to try to stop this from happening.  


     

  • 02:00

    Talk with Tenney: FOIA: Evidence of VAMCs Electroshocking Veterans and Other Dis

    in Current Events

    to discuss FOIA decisions concerning electroshock of veterans in the US


     


    More information to follo

  • 01:01

    MyNDTALK - Smoking Cigarettes and Eating Glass - Annita Sawyer

    in Psychology

    Smoking Cigarettes and Eating Glass


    Annita Sawyer joins Dr. Brewer to tell her memoir - a harrowing, heroic, and redeeming story of her battle with mental illness, and her triumph in overcoming it. In 1960, as a suicidal teenager, Sawyer was institutionalized, misdiagnosed, and suffered through 89 electroshock treatments before being transfered, labeled as “unimproved.” The damage done has haunted her life. Discharged in 1966, after finally receiving proper psychiatric care, Sawyer kept her past secret and moved on to graduate from Yale University, raise two children, and become a respected psychotherapist. ... It is an informative story about understanding PTSD and making emotional sense of events that can lead a soul to darkness. Most of all, it’s a story of perseverance: pain, acceptance, healing, hope, and success. Hers is a unique voice for this generation, shedding light on an often misunderstood illness."

  • 02:00

    Talk with Tenney: Shock Survivors to David Healy: Defend Stance on Shock (ECT)

    in Current Events

    Misinformation about electroshock is being delivered to the public. David Healy, psychiatrist and a writer on Mad in America, also co-authored a book supporting electroshock. Shock survivors want to hear Healy's defense. They say the dangers of his pro-shock position include people voluntarily getting it based on his word that brain damage from electroshock is an "urban myth" (which Breggin M. D., pointed out in  HuffPost 2012). Shock survivors demonstrate the ways in which they have been damaged and present evidence from studies validating those damages. To many in the survivor movement, it is starting to feel Healy, like psychiatry itself, is a hidden danger, acting as an ally, supposedly anti-drug, he has long had the support of the movement. Shock survivors want to know: Do you know David Healy supports electroshock? Call in live: (267)521-0167


    Guests include: 


    Jason Kalendek, a 43 year old shock survivor,who had been on psych drugs for more than 20 years was conned into getting electroshock as a way to get off the drugs. Electroshock destroyed his working memory and caused amnesia; destroyed his art career. The shock was 5 years ago and he is barely able to survive, the trauma of it is the worst thing that has ever happened to him.


    Marie Jones, 49, lost all of her autobiographical memory due to electroshock without informed consent, which she was subject to while going cold turkey from Klonopin.


    Tony Buonfiglio is a 61 year old electroshock survivor and photojournalist who was subjected to shock at 16 years old. He never regained memories of his childhood and continues to struggle with long term and short term memory loss.


    Kim Wood is 57 years old and on SSDI for over 6 years after 16 years of psych meds. After 18 electroshocks, 2009-2010, her 26 year nursing career was destroyed.
    Invited: David Healy, Peter Breggin; Ginger Breggin, Robert Whitaker, Bonnie Burtsow

  • 01:03

    Forced Electroshock & FDA: MindFreedom Radio

    in Psychology

    Hear survivors of forced OUTPATIENT electroshock. Elizabeth Ellis, 67, is court ordered to report for involuntary electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) over her wishes. Joining her is Ray Sandford who won his own campaign against forced electroshock. Also hear from electroshock survivors Dorothy Dundas and Loretta Wilson who testified at last month's hearing by FDA about whether to finally start regulating the ECT device after 70 years of use in the USA. Joined by psychologist John Breeding who also testified, hear about their victory: The FDA panel voted to require testing of the ECT device. Special host: Celia Brown, MFI board president, along with YOUR live calls.

  • 02:00

    MadU with hosts Sarah Knutson and Lauren Tenney: Uniting Against Shock

    in Current Events

    Tonight on Mad U - Getting Our Acts Together - Uniting Against Shock on May 16th, Creating Effective Collective Action. - To listen, call: (267) 521-0167 (press 1 or *1 to talk)  This Saturday, May 16th 2015, survivors around the world will unite to ban the use of electro-convulsive shock (ECT) as a mental health 'treatment.' The May 16th action involves 30 sites from 9 countries and 12 States in the U.S. In this episode, we take an up close look at the protest itself - what will happen at various locations, how to participate, what to expect if you attend. We'll also talk about direct action and what goes into organizing effective collective action.


    An estimated 100,000 people still receive this brain-damaging procedure in the United States alone even though research shows ECT is no more effective than placebo. For further reading:


    http://ectjustice.com/


    Readings from Leonard Frank -http://psychiatrized.org/…/FromTheFilesOfLeonardRoyFrank.htm


    Ted Chabasinski, JD, Author, Mad in America,http://www.madinamerica.com/author/tchabasinski/

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