|Manuscript from May 9, 2009
Towards the Ban on Electroshock
To avoid censorship from mainstream publishing houses, I founded
my own publishing house in Germany in 1986. It is orientated toward
the interests of (ex-) users and survivors of psychiatry whose
main concerns are self-determination and freedom from bodily harm.
I am familiar with the problems of (ex-) users and survivors of
psychiatry because of my own experiences, the experiences of members
of my family and the experiences of peers in the self-help movement.
In my publishing house I publish literature written in a spirit
of resistance and which expresses the fundamental insights below:
For these reasons, I plead for
- developing adequate and effective assistance for people in
- safeguarding civil rights in treatment on a par with "normal"
patients in the medical field.
- joining forces in cooperation with other human rights and
- support in withdrawing from psychiatric drugs, use of alternative
and less toxic psychotropic substances and a ban on electroshock.
- new ways of living with madness and being differentwith
as much independence from institutions as possible.
- tolerance, respect and appreciation of diversity at all levels
A humanistic approach includes a clear and strong demand for
the ban on electroshock. This barbaric method, developed not
incidentally during fascism, is based on an artificial epileptic
seizure, caused by an electric stroke against the brain. All different
modern forms of electroshock are based on this function. In the
field of medicine doctors do everything to avoid epileptic seizures,
because they know, that brain cells will be killed definitively.
Psychiatrists do with their electroshock just the opposite. In
general, reasons for raised administration of electroshock are
the increase of repression in different countries, antidepressant-caused
chronic depression by down-regulation and desensitisation of serotonine-receptors
and neuroleptic-caused tardive psychoses and "side-effects"
of neuroleptics like neuroleptic malignant syndrome or malignant
hyperthermia, which demand some medical knowledge to be distinguished
from so-called febrile catatonia. And psychiatrists don't worry,
that febrile catatonia can be treated effectively by spasmolytic
drugs like dandrolene (market names: Dantrium, Dantrolen etc.)
or some benzodiazepines like lorazepam in doses up to 16 mg per
day or diazepam also in high doses.
Scientific books and articles are published and sold by my publishing
house and my mail-order bookstore, see www.peter-lehmann-publishing.com
I offer an information tool on electroshock in English and German
language. Kerstin Kempker's book "Mitgift" (see www.antipsychiatrieverlag.de/verlag/titel/mitgift.htm
in German language) is highly recommended. There you can read, how
the German psychiatrist Prof. Dr. Hendrik Uwe Peters administered
a cruel combination of electro- and insulinshock and psychiatric
drugs to the youngster Kerstin
in the 70es. Her father had an insurance, which paid
everything. H. U. Peters surely made a lot of money. Kerstin
had to suffer an odyssey through different madhouses,
combined with several attempts to kill herself because of those
treatment consequences. H. U. Peters got president of the German
psychiatrists' organisation DGPPN, and until today he is worldwide
most appreciated by his colleagues.