In the 2000s children and teenagers are still given electroshock for a range of mental health conditions. Even after more than fifty years of electroshock administration with minors, no scientific evidence has ever been generated to support this practice. In the context of the still-developing neurological system, clinicians should be especially careful about "treatments" that risk physical or psychological trauma.
This new text traces the origins of electroshock use with minors from its inception in the 1940s to the 2000s. The underlying political agenda is finally clarified in this report on human rights abuse.