I am one of the many who have been harmed by ECT. My last ECT treatment was in December 1999 and between March 1998 and December 1999 I had around 30 ECT treatments. I have permanent memory loss that has never returned, and it didn’t help with my mood at all. I vividly recall one treatment, coming out of the anesthetic in recovery and crying – feeling worse than I did beforehand. The hospitals I had ECT at were assembly lines with doing 12 to 15 patients back to back three times a week. It’s horrifying that this continues and that people defend this barbaric practice. I’d also like to add that the state of mine I was in when I agreed to it, was not a state of mind that I could provide true consent in. I felt I was a hopeless case, and there were no other options. Little did I know that the meds were what had started the cycle in the first place and I was sick because of the original antidepressant I’d been put on. I hope that psychiatry listens to more victims and changes course. Unfortunately, history says that psychiatry in general is more interested in staying in business than in considering that their treatments are the source of so much harm. I’m grateful for thought leaders like Dr. Breggin who are willing to put their name on the line to speak up about the harms traditional psychiatry does to unsuspecting patients.