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I believe that the use of ECT in psychiatric hospitals and clinics is the result of a very narrow framing of the problem of depression. If despair is nothing more than a disorder of the patient’s neurotransmitters then doing something to his/her brain becomes a medical necessity and the central focus of the professionals involved. Recourse to ECT is the outcome of medical domination of mental health care. Challenging the use of ECT involves challenging this domination.
Dr. Pat Bracken Pat is currently Clinical Director of the Mental Health Service in West Cork. He trained in medicine and psychiatry at UCC and in Birmingham. In the 1980s Pat worked with victims of torture and violence in Uganda. This experience had a profound effect on his understanding of mental health problems and the nature of healing.
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Pat Bracken, West Cork psychiatrist, finished on the perfect word: power. We must break the legal power granted to psychiatry. We must mind Dr Bracken now, they will go after him. A doctor friend said to me once, “John, politics is a dirty pool, and medical politics is the mud at the bottom of the pool.”
Interview with Pat Bracken filmed live at Vatican press conference. Bracken is a Consultant Psychiatrist and Clinical Director of Mental Health Services in West Cork, Ireland. He is also Professor of Philosophy, Diversity and Mental Health at the University of Central Lancashire in the UK.
Clip 05 - Open Paradigm Interview with Joanna Moncrieff Interview with Joanna Moncrieff filmed live at Vatican press conference. Moncrieff is a UK psychiatrist and author of "The Myth Of The Chemical Cure: A Critique of Psychiatric Drug Treatment"
Interview with Irving Kirsch filmed live at Vatican press conference. Kirsch is Associate Director of the Program in Placebo Studies and a lecturer in medicine at the Harvard Medical School and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. He is noted for his research on placebo effects, antidepressants, expectancy, and hypnosis.