Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Shirely Wang's ECT article "Shock Value" in Washington Post

Hi everyone, I just read the ECT article by Shirley Wang, in the Washington Post today. It is a one sided article, pro ECT and I am not surprised as she is completing an internship at Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. Sackeim and Fink are in this article praising ECT.

A disgusting article to say the least. How many brownie points will Wang get from her school for doing this article? The URL for this article is detailed below. You can send a letter to the editor of the Washington post if you like to: letters@washpost.com

Regards, Sue Clark-Wittenberg

Link to article:

I sent the editor of the Washington Post this email today, July 24, 2007

Dear Editor:

I read today the article called "Shock Value" about electroshock (ECT) by Shirley Wang who is completing an internship at the Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic at the University of Pittsburgh.

I am an electroshock survivor who suffers from permanent memory loss and has difficulty learning anything new as a result of having had ECT. This impedes my everyday life significantly.

Shirley Wang's article I feel is biased. She did not interview any electroshock survivors like me who have had adverse effects from ECT

She does not bring up the recent article by Dr. Peter R. Breggin, a psychiatrist in NY State called "Disturbing News for Patients and Shock Doctors Alike" where Dr. Breggin mentions in his article "Something most remarkable and unexpected has occurred in the field of psychiatry. Lead by a lifelong defender and promoter of shock treatment, Harold Sackeim, a team of investigators has recently published a follow up study of 347 patients given the currently available methods of electroshock, including the supposedly most benign forms--and confirmed that electroshock causes permanent brain damage and dysfunction" See the article in full at this URL: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/dr-peter-breggin/

Harold Sackeim is quoted in this article praising ECT, but the information Dr. Breggin had in the above article about Dr. Sackeim was not mentioned. I sent this article to Shirley Wang before she published her article today.

How many brownie points will Shirley Wang get in the field of psychiatry, I can only imagine.

My husband Steven and I founded the Wittenberg Center to End Electroshock. Our center is located in Ottawa. Our center was formed to educate people about the harm caused by electroshock. Our center wants to help ban electroshock universally.

Sue Clark-Wittenberg
Executive Director
The Wittenberg Center
to End Electroshock
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
(613) 721-1833
Websites: http://wittenbergces.blogspot.com