Therapy or Torture: The Truth About Electroshock is an exposé of the brutal psychiatric practice of electroshock treatment. Administered to patients under the guise of curing mental health ailments, its victims and their families give harrowing accounts of living in its aftermath in this searing documentary.
It hits the head with the force of a 40-pound cinder block dropped seven and a half feet. It’s been described by patients as a grenade going off in your body. It’s called electroconvulsive therapy. And the truth of this violent practice is revealed in the original documentary Therapy or Torture: The Truth About Electroshock, featured on World Mental Health Day, October 10, at 8 p.m. ET/PT on the Scientology Network.
Man-on-the-street interviews show most people have no idea this barbaric practice is still in use. Yet electroshock or ECT (the initials stand for electroconvulsive therapy) is not an antiquated medical practice of some bygone era. The stark truth is that ECT is inflicted on a million people worldwide. Every year.
Side effects of ECT include amnesia (substantial and permanent memory loss), confusion, disorientation, apathy, disinterest, headaches, nausea, slowed reaction time, lowered intellectual function, and death.
In a single shock treatment, the psychiatrist sends up to 460 volts through the brain of the patient. Putting this into perspective, the human brain operates on 0.2 volts—eight times less than the 1.5 volts of a watch
Therapy or Torture: The Truth About Electroshock is a gripping exposé of the $5.4 billion ECT business, its history, practitioners and devastating results, revealed in graphic detail.
The film is a Citizens Commission on Human Rights (CCHR) documentary, part of an ongoing investigative series to educate the public on abuses of psychiatry. Other CCHR documentaries expose the truth about the marketing of psychotropic prescriptions, the dangers of those drugs and the psychiatric industry’s terrifying history.
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