Linda Andre is a writer, activist, and the director of the Committee for Truth in Psychiatry . Since receiving ECT in the early 1980s, she has been an advocate for the human and civil rights of psychiatrically labeled people, particularly the right to truthful informed consent.
has been interviewed by numerous publications and media such as 20/20, The New York Times, and the Washington Post
has spent over 20 years working to alert and inform the public and policy makers about the harm done by electroshock (also referred to as ECT
- electroconvulsive treatment).
is the author of Doctors of Deception: What They Don't Want You to Know About Shock Treatment (2009, Rutgers University Press) an authoritative, study of the history, politics, science and money behind the ECT
carefully intertwines stories of ECT
survivors and activists with legal, ethical, and scientific arguments to address issues of patient rights and psychiatric treatment.
Echoing current debates about the use of psychopharmaceutical interventions shown to have debilitating side-effects, she candidly presents ECT as a problematic therapy demanding greater scrutiny, tighter control, and full disclosure about its long-term cognitive effects.
book is both a powerful memoir of her
own experience as an ECT
"patient" and a documented account of the underbelly of the 'shock industry.' It raises profound questions about ECT
that both psychiatry and the National Institute of Mental Health-if
they want to be honest with the American public-desperately need to address."
"For many years, activist and writer Linda Andre has been forcefully and cogently examining the reigning (and mostly unchallenged) professed claims and practices of our medical establishment's wizards of shock therapy.
If you have questions, please call or write the CTIP Director, Linda Andre, at PO Box 1214, New York, NY 10003, phone 212 NO-JOLTS.