Actress Carrie Fisher is famous for her portrayal of Princess Leia in Star Wars. But she’s becoming famous for promoting her electroshock, also known as electroconvulsive therapy or ECT. Action: Ask Fisher to have a heart.

Actress Carrie Fisher plans new book centered on her electroconvulsive therapy (ECT), more popularly known as electroshock.



MindFreedom Zapback News – 30 May 2011


Will Carrie Fisher Have Empathy for Those Harmed by Electroshock?


Action: Write to ask her to empathize with those harmed by shock


What would Obi-Wan Kenobi do?

After early acting success, Fisher said she experienced extreme mental and emotional crises, as well as recurring drug and alcohol addiction. 

Fisher made a new career of talking about tackling her problems via popular books “Postcards from the Edge” and “Wishful Drinking,” a one-woman play and media appearances. Using her irreverent humor, Fisher often mentions she received electroshock.

To this day, according to media reports, Fisher says she continues to receive maintenance electroshocks about every six weeks. 

Now, Fisher is working on a new book called “Shockaholic,” due to be released November 2011, in which she praises her maintenance shock. 

Said David Oaks, director of MindFreedom, “Carrie Fisher needs to be aware of the incredible harm too many have experienced from electroshock, and the heart breaking human rights violations associated with electroshock’s use globally.” 




Cautioning that it may be futile, Oaks proposes concerned people, especially shock survivors, write to Fisher before what will probably be a burst of national publicity this Fall. 

Said Oaks, “You can write a civil but passionate note to Fisher via her publisher. Ask her to have empathy for those harmed by shock. Ask her to talk about memory and cognitive problems she had from shock. Ask her to moderate her cheerleading, which could mislead countless people. At the very least Fisher should support a ban on involuntary electroshock over the expressed wishes of the subject, which continues internationally including in the USA.”

Or as Princess Leia puts it in Star Wars, “I have placed information vital to the survival of the Rebellion into the memory systems of this R2 unit… Help me, Obi-Wan Kenobi!” 




Carrie Fisher, Author

c/o Simon & Schuster

1230 Avenue of the Americas, 11th Fl. 

New York, NY 10020 USA


Feel free to forward, especially to shock survivors whose story may reach Fisher. 




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