ECT Reduces Frontal Cortical Connectivity

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A study by researchers in Aberdeen published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences finds that electroconvulsive therapy “has lasting effects on the functional architecture of the brain,” reducing functional connectivity in and around the left dorsolateral prefrontal cortex. The authors suggests that the results add weight to the “hyperconnectivity hypothesis” of depression.

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Kermit Cole
Kermit Cole, MFT, founding editor of Mad in America, works in Santa Fe, New Mexico as a couples and family therapist. Inspired by Open Dialogue, he works as part of a team and consults with couples and families that have members identified as patients. His work in residential treatment — largely with severely traumatized and/or "psychotic" clients — led to an appreciation of the power and beauty of systemic philosophy and practice, as the alternative to the prevailing focus on individual pathology. A former film-maker, he has undergraduate and master's degrees in psychology from Harvard University, as well as an MFT degree from the Council for Relationships in Philadelphia. He is a doctoral candidate with the Taos Institute and the Free University of Brussels. You can reach him at [email protected]

2 COMMENTS

  1. Once again, Dr. Peter Breggin, Psychiatrist, exposes the fraudulent positive spin by the lucrative ECT billion dollar industry to pretend that the brain damage caused by this electrical lobotomy causes brain damage and destroyed lives like all of psychiatry’s lethal treatments based on their bogus junk science DSM “bible” to enforce their totalitarian dictatorship bought by the multibillion global BIG PHARMA/BUSINESS plutocracies our government really serves rather than its citizens. Caveat Emptor!

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/dr-peter-breggin/electroshock-treatment_b_1373619.html

  2. I meant to say above that the claim that brain damage is cure per Dr. Breggin is quite odious to say the least.

    An extensive review of the literature conducted by experts concludes that there is no way ECT can be justified given the significant brain damage and even death caused by it with very little if any benefit except to misinterpret the brain damage a improvement typical of psychiatry with its lethal drugs and other deadly “treatments.”

    http://psychrights.org/Research/Digest/Electroshock/2010ReadBentallElectroshockReview.pdf