Putting the Pieces Together - Jonathan Cott

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12.21.2012

Once we’ve passed through hard times, it comes to picking up the pieces of our lives.

 
For Jonathan Cott - after 36 ECT sessions erased 15 years of his memory - that was a real challenge. 
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I've know a couple of people who have been permanently damaged by ECT. I always thought it was something I would never, ever allow to be done to one of my pet dogs or cats, and the thought of doing something barbaric like ECT to a human being and then trying to justify it as "treatment", defies all common sense and reason. You take a person who's already in a bad way emotionally, and then further cripple them with ECT? If you don't know how to improve someone mentally and emotionally, fine. Just admit it. Why compound the problem with ECT? You don't have to be a rocket scientist to see that ECT doesn't improve a person. You just have to open your eyes and look. I suppose if a person can't conceive that there are people who will commit evil acts against their fellows for the sake of making money, you'll never really understand why ECT was invented and why it's still used. I think it's hard for decent people to grasp that there are a few people in society who just compute differently, who have no conscience. So it's easy for a decent person to assume that there actually is a valid reason for some of the things people do, when in fact some things people do to their fellow man are just done maliciously and gleefully out of a desire to push others down. Can you imagine yourself repeatedly applying high voltage to a person's brain, causing them extreme convulsions, and erasing part of the person's mind, shortening their lifespan in the process? And having no sense of guilt for having done so? Probably not. Yet it happens.

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