The taped show sparked my interest. Dr. Weiner was on it (and I wanted to see what he looked like 20 plus years ago), and patients were telling their stories along with, of course, opposers of ECT.
It turns out the whole audience was filled with Scientologists. Now, how could that happen? Well, they bought all of the seats. If you know about Scientology, you know that they do not believe in Psychiatry. They believe in "clearing the mind," with the use of...ummmm, some machine from Venus? Did I get that right? Or is it Mars? Anyway, their machine, obtaining ZERO evidenced based practice is supposedly better than psychiatry's much researched and development ECT machine. They are in no way similar.
Anyway, do your research (if Scientologacrazies will let you) and you will find dozens of stories about people, young and old, murdering their family members. Mentally Ill patients that were taken off of their stabilizing meds all in the name of Scientology.
Phil's audience only clapped when opposing speakers made their points, and a crazy-eyed panel member ranted about how ECT gave her (unsubstantiated) brain damage. She has brain damage alright, but not from ECT. I loved how Dr. Weiner remained so calm, as to silently say, "Believe what you want you poor mislead people. There are plenty of others that will benefit."
There was hardly any attention on the sweet elderly woman who was brought back from the dark depths of her own hell on earth with electroconvulsive therapy. She had started the treatment back in the 40's when no anesthesia was used. She went back again for treatments several years later, after it had been modified to allow for a painless process. She went back. After she endured the pains of an induced seizure without any anesthesia whatsoever, she still went back. It was that helpful to her.
I am not trying to line up every mentally ill person at the door of ECT, but I want people to understand how important it is to support those with mental illness. There are many options available, and these people need support. They do not need an "audience" shaking their fingers at them with pierced lips as if they are being persecuted at the Salem Witch Trials.
Scientology believes Psychiatry to be evil and unethical.
Psychiatry has spent countless hours in research and has come a long way in understanding how the mind works, and how it can produce unwanted behaviors and emotions.
Waking up happy in the morning isn't always a choice. If you don't believe that, you have been doing more talking and not enough listening.
**May I just add that my blog may not exist in the morning...and we'll all know why ;)
Interestingly enough, my "Day 5" didn't post to FB. Scientology got me! Dirty. Dirty.