Thursday, June 14, 2007

Welcome to the Wittenberg Center to End Electroshock


Above is a picture of Sue and Steven Wittenberg of Ottawa, Ontario, Canada taken in April 2006 at
their wedding reception.

Steven and Sue Wittenberg founded the "Wittenberg Center to End Electroshock" in 2007 because:

Electroshock (ECT) always causes brain damage 100% of the time. 100,000 Americans get ECT
yearly - 50,000 people in the UK get ECT yearly - in Ontario - Canada 14,000 ECTs are given yearly -
worldwide 1 to 2 million people get ECT yearly. Our Center wants to end electroshock -

Electroshock is a crime against humanity. Electroshock is unethical, barbaric, and it should have been banned years ago. There are countless tests and studies proving electroshock causes brain damage but the American Psychiatric Association and the Canadian Psychiatric Association routinely lie on their position papers about electroshock and say it is safe. It is not safe and the ECT machines are not safe at all.

Help spread the word about the harm done by electroshock. Electroshock is torture. Remember those who have died, or gone into a coma as a result of having electroshock. Remember those like
Sue who was maimed by electroshock and now suffers from permanent memory loss and has
difficulty learning new things. Sue was given electroshock against her will at the age of l7 years
old in 1973 at the Brockville Psychiatric Hospital. Sue was depressed as she had been abused by her parents for l7 years. Electroshock must end now - it is a crime against humanity!

Welcome to "The Wittenberg Center to End Electroshock" (WCEE) which is located in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. The center is founded by Sue and Steven Wittenberg.

The center opened on May 20, 2007. Sue and Steven Wittenberg decided there was a need for a center to lobby
all levels of governments in Canada to help ban electroshock (ECT). Sue is an electroshock torture victim/ survivor.

Sue had 5 electroshocks (ECT) at the Brockville Psychiatric Hospital in 1975 given to her against her will. Sue was 17 years old. On her 5th ECT, her heart stopped and she had to be revived. Sue suffers from permanent
memory loss and finds it difficult to learn new things as a result of having had ECT. Sue did not have any
learning difficulties prior to ECT. Sue was an average student in school.

There is documented studies and reports proving that electroshock causes brain damage.
See the website of American psychiatrist Dr. Peter R. Breggin at the URL: for more information on electroshock. Dr. Breggin wrote an article this year called "Disturbing News for Patients and Shock Doctors Alike" which depicts the study done by Dr. Sackeim which proves that electroshock always causes brain damage. The article can found at this URL:
Scroll down this blog until you find the article.

The centre wants to educate people about the harm done by electroshock and wants to help ban electroshock
from Canada and universally.

Every province in Canada has their own Mental Health Act and that will take lots of legislative work to ban electroshock. We are looking for a student lawyer to help our center one day a week on a volunteer basis. A letter of reference will be given to those volunteers who help the center.

Our center has no funding as of yet and no office. We need 2 good working modern computers with monitors, keyboards and we also need a scanner, fax, and photocopier built into one. If anyone can assist us, it would be very helpful to us. We need two big filing cabinets as well.

You can reach Steven or Sue Wittengberg at the WCEE by telephone at 613-721-1833 or by email at:

Thank you.