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December 31, 2013

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Mary Ostlund-Wood

Who cares? And why is the absence of memories a good thing, even bad memories? How can you heal the tentacles of dysfunction caused by the events if you remove the "touchstone", the memory, that helps lead you to where you need to go to heal? Why are so many "mental health professionals" focused on suppression and removal of memories through drugs and now ECT, rather than actually healing the damage? What benefit is it to merely make a blank spot in a sequence of life events so the sequence itself forever after remains broken and unfathomable? I don't get this. And let's also mention the severe degenerative brain disease that sufferers of ECT suffer so often, including someone to whom I am very close, who after nearly 40 of the damn things to treat his depression, now has to lose his mind as a consequence. Gee. I suppose you might find that "therapeutic". I mean, if you can't remember ANYTHING, including who you are, who your wife is, who your child is, than you also, we have to presume, have forgotten all the trauma in your life. Would you consider that a massive success?

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