Ask Beatty – 05.19.20


1.  The Coronavirus pandemic has given us all a time to re-evaluate virtually everything in our lives including our health, work, relationships and lifestyle.  Beatty discusses how we can turn this crisis into opportunities that we never dreamed possible.
   My guests today are Dr. John Breeding, Ph.D, a psychologist and  activist who has been challenging the psychiatric practice of electroshock for almost 20 years.  He has served on the advisory board of the World Association of Electroshock survivors for many years and was instrumental in the passage of significant legislation providing protection for Texas citizens regarding the use of electroshock in Texas.  He is a founding member of the Coalition for the Abolition of Electroshock in Texas and is the author of 5 books; his most recent Leaving Home:  The Journey from Birth to Emerging Adulthood.  His website is
My second guest is Sarah Price Hancock, MS, CRC, a certified rehabilitation counselor, former adjunct professor at San Diego State University's internationally recognized rehabilitation counseling program, activist and a 10 year survivor of 116 bilateral ECT treatments. 
And I am thrilled to also have world renowned psychiatrist, researcher and author Dr. James Gilligan, MD join the discussion. Dr. Gilligan is best known for his series of books entitled Violence, where he draws on 25 years of work in the American prison system to describe the motivation and causes behind violent behavior.
In preparing for today's show about ELECTROCONVULSIVE THERAPY, I reviewed some of the current literature and interviewed 2 psychiatrists and a neurologist whose views about ECT were discussed in today's show, since I always seek to present a balanced  perspective on the various subject matters that I deal with.
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