Medical Expert On Electroconvulsive Therapy

The recommendations of an FDA advisory panel could mean new restrictions on electroconvulsive therapy — a controversial treatment used by tens of thousands of U.S. patients with severe depression and other mental disorders.

ECT machines have escaped strict scrutiny by the FDA largely because they were already on the market when the agency tightened rules three decades ago. The treatment is widely viewed as effective for patients who have few other options. But concerns over long-term safety have prompted new attention from regulators.

Medical expert Dr. Peter R. Breggin on ECT: “I have written to the FDA explaining that the treatment has so little efficacy and is so obviously damaging — it routinely produces an acute state of delirium and confusion with severe memory loss — that it should be banned.”

Read more: webMD.

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