Electro Convulsive Therapy
Is a boon or so some say
Yet others can not see how that can be
When it can take more than your memory away

When all the medication and potions fail
To ease the madness of the severely depressed
It can make all those thoughts fade and pale
And for awhile they are gone and suppressed

They say it is giving the mind a needed break
From the things that have caused sorrow and pain
Memories that are clouded can no longer make
Your every thought reopen all the wounds again

They say that it works for many and more
And can help to regain a more normal life
But when it goes wrong it can destroy the minds core
Or cripple the body and cause even more strife

Some have forgotten all of their past torment
And have walked back into them once again
Forgetting their depression was events to lament
And trusted once more those that caused the pain

Most Nations in the World have now banned
What they see as far too dangerous to allow
And will not permit it at anyones’ hand
Or continue to instruct in the method as to how

Other Nations have been seen to just having abused
And have used it as another method of torture
Even to have the technology now used
By the Police as a Easily Carried Taser.

10.18pm AESDT 24/02/2009
Copyright Gregory John O’Flaherty


Gregory John O'Flaherty

Maryborough, Australia

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This poem is also a comment on the use of Tasers by the Police !!
I can not only relate to this but have lived it. Everyone I know that has had ECT has ended up with memory issues and have spent years trying to get back to the person they really are. Some have lost all creativity and drive. Some have ended up in wheel chairs totally dependant on others.
Australia is one of the minority of nations that still permit this “Therapy”

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