Electrically stimulating the brain with so-called “electroshock” therapy may have help some children with mental illnesses — including depression — whose conditions are unresponsive to other treatments, according to a new study.
After receiving the therapy — now called electroconvulsive therapy, or ECT, by researchers — 76 percent of children showed significant improvements in their symptoms. The treatment was particularly effective for those patients with depression — 17 out of 20 children diagnosed with depression showed significant amelioration.
They have to say “stimulating” and “so called electroshock” to maintain their own delusions about the reality of the permanent brain damage that is being done to these kids (the source of the “head injury high” which is mistaken for improvement) and the messianic role of psychiatrists in “rescuing” children from their “chemically imbalanced” perception of their own misery. After all, we live in a utopian paradise for kids, right? Where is the gratitude?
This is especially ironic given that obstetrical and psychiatric medicine are almost certainly the biggest causes of “mental illness” in this country (see the munchausen obstetrics and circumcision papers linked at the top for the obstetrical angle). This is munchausen by proxy consent.
BTW: psychiatry’s compulsion to “help” even extends to infants:
Mental illness strikes babies, too
Babies and toddlers are too young to take Prozac or complain about their childhoods, but psychologists are finding their tender age doesn’t protect them from mental illness.
Children under the age of 3 can suffer from symptoms of depression, including disruptions in eating and sleep. In recent years, researchers have discovered the youngest humans can even suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder, once thought to be only an illness of adults.
“The picture has totally changed,” says Alicia Lieberman, director of the Child Trauma Research Project at San Francisco General Hospital.
Although much of psychology is built upon the influences of childhood, psychologists haven’t always paid much attention to the earliest years of a child’s life. Only in the late 1960s and 1970s did researchers begin to understand the importance of the relationships between infants and those who take care of them, says Alice Sterling Honig, professor emerita of child development at Syracuse University.
Researchers watched how infants reacted when their parents went to the hospital and found signs of trouble. “First, the little babies would protest enormously and search around frantically,” Honig says. “But after a while, they’d go into a despair and withdraw and look listless, with dull eyes, as if they gave up looking for their special person.” …
Need I point out that the children are reacting to returning to the smells and sounds of the dungeons where they came into this world? It seems psychologists are STILL not paying much attention to the earliest years of a child’s life.
Electroshock: Scientific, Ethical and Political Issues