Dr. Michael Henry, the “shock doc,” where is he now?

I heard, or read, that Michael Henry, McLean’s “shock doc” went out of state. I figured he was escaping a lawsuit. God knows he shocked so many people that you figure someone must have managed to get a lawyer at at least try to take legal action. You can read my own ECT story on You-Tube…By the way, ECT should stand for Electroshock Torture.

I am currently listening to the Lauren Tenney show, Talk With Tenney. This is one I highly recommend, by the way. Lauren has a number of guests on tonight who have had Electroshock Torture.

Yes, I know it’s barbaric. But they’re still doing it, making tons of money, destroying brain cells and walking away free.

Know something? They really do put an awful lot of electricity into people’s brains when they do that. It’s about the same as being struck by lightning or an electric shock you might get at home.

So, I think tonight if Puzzle seems a little sluggish, I’ll just stick her tongue into an electric outlet. No, there’s no alternative. No other cure. No, I didn’t consider that she’s probably asleep (don’t worry, she is sleeping soundly, and I’m only kidding about the electric outlet).

Do you know that anyone who does that will go to prison for animal cruelty? Yet shock docs are rarely prosecuted, but they get highly paid. Yes, paid to torture people.

So here’s what I found just now. And I quote:

Massachusetts General Hospital is a leading specialty center for electroconvulsive therapy (ECT). Directed by Michael E. Henry, MD, the Somatic Therapies Service plays an active and important role in the clinical care of many treatment refractory patients.

Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT)

The service treats hundreds of patients annually on an inpatient and outpatient basis, utilizing ECT for a number of psychiatric conditions. Yes, that means a lot of profit, Dr. Henry. Given MGH’s superior anesthesia and medical support, we serve as a tertiary referral center for seriously ill patients requiring ECT treatment. They need the anesthesia since without it a person will have a violent seizure and convulsions. They also administer muscle relaxers and pain relievers. So they can torture and you won’t even know it. Not to different from date rape.

CONTACT USElectroconvulsive Therapy

Warren Building
55 Fruit St.
Boston, MA 02114
Phone: 617-726-2990

Maps & directions

What is Electroconvulsive Therapy?

ECT is a safe and very effective treatment for certain psychiatric disorders. ECT is most commonly used to treat patients with depression, which can be a painful and disabling illness. In addition, ECT may also be used to treat patients with psychotic or manic symptoms. They are widening the umbrella of “mental conditions” that EC Torture treats. To make more money.

For various reasons, ECT has a social stigma attached to it. Some popular movies depicting psychiatric patients receiving ECT have created a negative public perception of this therapy. It’s not therapy. And the movies are rather realistic.  Kinda shocking, huh?  Ask a shock survivor.  Consequently, some people react with fear when ECT is suggested as a treatment. In the fall of 1995, yes, that was my reaction. A vehement “no.”  Although ECT was introduced in the 1930’s, the technique has been continuously refined and improved. And still, they don’t really know how it works and they are continuing to experiment on live humans. Again, if I did that to my dog, I’d go to prison.  As it is currently practiced, ECT may be the safest, quickest, and most effective treatment for moderate to severe depression. Nope. Neither safe nor effective. Any “good feeling” after EC Torture is due to brain damage. A TBI typically does produce euphoria for a while afterward. When the euphoria wears off, they send you in for more shock.

How does ECT work?

During ECT, the brain is stimulated by a small amount of electrical current. Note: The exact voltage isn’t specified, is it? The electrical current produces a modified seizure (It’s a real seizure, but the patient is under anesthesia, remember?), which affects the entire brain, including centers that control mood, appetite and sleep. Researchers believe that ECT corrects the biological abnormalities that underlie severe depression. They aren’t targeting anything. Not any particular part of the brain. In fact, it’s just as much guesswork as the old dude with degrees on his wall.  More than one treatment, however, is needed to achieve these positive effects. An average of six to ten repeated treatments (also referred to as a “series”) is needed in order to achieve sustained improvement. BTW, I don’t know one person who “got better” from ECT.  In spite of, yes, but not from the actual treatments. More than 80 percent of depressed patients who receive ECT respond favorably Yeah, for three weeks due to the brain damage. Following a course of treatment, patients feel more like themselves again many don’t and are able to work and lead productive lives Never mind the thousands of people who have to STOP working and go on disability. Often, family members, doctors, or nurses may notice improvement before the patient. Nope, my boyfriend and my entire family objected. I was the one so “out of it” that I couldn’t even say anything. After completing a successful ECT course with significant resolution of depressive symptoms, one will need to continue taking an antidepressant or receive maintenance ECT, in order to remain well. So, that kinda proves it, huh? ECT doesn’t make anyone better, they gotta be on brain disabling pills for the rest of their lives. Gee, that’s a nice way to do away with people that are inconvenient, eh? They damaged me so much that they were actually embarrassed, so they tried to hide me away in a state hospital. Do you remember that, Dr. Henry? I sure do.

What side effects are associated with ECT?

In general, the most common side effects are headache, muscle soreness, nausea and SEVERE difficulties with short-term memory long term memory, too. Of these side effects, perhaps the most feared side effect is memory difficulty. It fucks you up cognitively in many ways. Even years later, examinations of the brains many people who have ECT shows significant permanent damage. Not too different from dementia.  Typically, mild short-term memory loss accompanies the treatment and resolves in the hours post-treatment (Mine didn’t. All that killed a year and a half of my life.). In rare cases, long-term memory may also be affected How rare, what percent? Eighty? If any long-term memory problems occur, they almost always resolve a few weeks after the completion of an entire course of ECT. Within a few weeks after ECT, your ability to learn and remember new information usually returns to normal. I am listening right now to about six people on the radio who were PERMANENTLY damaged by ECT, and this was verified by neuro testing.

Does ECT cause permanent brain damage?

No. This is a lie.  This is a frequently asked question and a major concern to most patients. Studies have demonstrated that ECT does not cause brain damage (lie), nor does it cause permanent brain dysfunction (lie). In fact, ECT often improves the cerebral functioning of patients with severe depression. Not according to those on the radio right now.  I don’t think i got more intelligent, either. I’m one of the lucky ones that actually got over the cognitive impairment, but many don’t. But improved? Naw. By treating the depression, patients often report that they are able to concentrate better and think more clearly. I couldn’t find my way around my oen neighborhood, getting lost on streets I knew well, for a full year and a half AFTER ECT was stopped.  During the course of ECT, we recommend that important decisions be delayed or postponed until after recovery. See? Foot in mouth….If any important decisions must be made while receiving ECT, we suggest that family, friends and the treatment team be consulted.

What medical risks are associated with ECT?

As with any other medical procedure, ECT does pose some risks. Foot in mouth again. Not dangerous? Not risky? What about Sue Whittenburg, who had a heart attack on the table (she was in her 20’s). Overall, ECT is one of the safest procedures done under anesthesia. Both the risks and benefits of this procedure are fully explained at the time that the patient signs a statement of informed consent. I may have signed the original paper, but the decision to switch to bilateral was done while I lay on the table, about 30 seconds before I was put under. I was asked, yes. Not told of consequences nor did I sign anything. I laugh now, since Dr. Henry probably figured I’d forget that. But no, I see it clearly, remember it clearly. He asked me twice because I was spaced out from prior shocks.  With advances in anesthesia and delivery of electricity, ECT is a safe and relatively comfortable experience. Nope.

To quote my late boyfriend, “Jules, taking you to that place was heartbreaking for me. I felt like crying every time I left you off there. And picking you up, I felt so sad, seeing how out of it you were.”

More Information
For any more information about ECT or referral to MGH, please have your physician contact us at (617) 726-2990.

Anyone want to call? Give ’em hell.

4 thoughts on “Dr. Michael Henry, the “shock doc,” where is he now?”

  1. Julie, I’d never heard the pre-shock anesthesia compared to a date rape drug, but it’s certainly an apt comparison. Sorry I missed Lauren Tenny’s show tonight.

  2. I’m glad I didn’t have electroshock done. At one point the depression was so severe that I thought there was no other cure. But depression does get better on it’s own! Why do we have to drug or kill brain cells for a normal emotion that can be cured other ways?
    Answer: $$$$

    1. Yes! It’s true! All depression gets better. None lasts forever. It does suck bad of course. But the less we believe in these “cures” the more likely it is to run its course. Psychs are doing a crime comparing it to diabetes. It’s part of the brainwashing. I don’t think it should be compared to a disease, since it isn’t one. But if they insist, why not compare it to the common cold? There’s no actual cure, and it goes away on its own. Cold medicines are a bad idea since drying out your nasal passages makes you far more susceptible to yet more colds! And the symptoms of a cold is nothing but your body doing what it should to get better. Same with depression. Bodies are smart and if we let them do their thing, they know how to deal with the crap that life throws at us.

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