Featured Blog: Dr Shock MD PhD

The featured blog is ‘Dr Shock MD PhD‘ by Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, Dr Walter van der Broek alias Dr Shock. Dr Shock covers a lot of material, writing very frequently, sometimes with short articles or links to other sites of interest, and at other times with more detailed analyses. Dr Shock is very generous in his posts, continually providing the reader with valuable resources for further study as well as various tips. His choice of subject matter is always interesting. On reading through the blog, I focused on three main areas – general medical articles, ECT and internet technology.

Dr Shock has an interest in ECT and that is shown clearly in a number of educational blog posts. Thus interesting posts or links in this area including the following: In this post, he mentions and links to an ECT study by his group; the topic of ECT accreditation and some UK surveys;  a link to the priory online ECT site; There is a link to a video about depression featuring Professor Fink who specialises in ECT; An article on Beta-Blockers and ECT; There is a brief article about ECT portrayal in the movies; Predictors of response to ECT treatment; Book review about ECT; Link to an article about myths and stigma of ECT; Medical conditions and medications and ECT; Lecture on ECT; Regaining vocabulary after ECT in the young and elderly; Brain perfusion and ECT; Case report of ECT and pregnancy; Professor Fink’s opinions on ECT and 2 trials; Websites and blog posts on ECT; Is ECT the right choice?;VGF derived peptide in ECT and exercise; Treatment resistant depression and response to ECT; Blog about ECT; ECT and cognitive side effects; Minimising cognitive side effects of ECT; Use of ECT in different countries; Continuation ECT in the elderly.

Dr Shock examines medical resources on the internet as well medical articles of relevance; Here he identifies a useful resource for depression on the internet; The limits of fMRI; A review of a paper on surgical complications in people with mental illness; A brief article on Forest Plots, useful for writing systematic reviews; An article on Free Medical Journals; An Online PredictD tool; The STAR*D trial; Deep Brain Stimulation for OCD; An article on a systematic review of antidepressants in bipolar depression.

Dr Shock also covers developments in internet technology; Here is one of many book reviews, this one being about research on the web; A link to Brain info; a link to Medical Animation; Medical 2.0; Medblogs for patients.

Dr Shock’s blog is recommended for those with an interest in the intersection between psychiatry and internet technology as well as depression and its treatment particularly with ECT. There are also a number of interesting articles covering other areas.


The comments made here represent the opinions of the author and do not represent the profession or any body/organisation. The comments made here are not meant as a source of medical advice and those seeking medical advice are advised to consult with their own doctor. The author is not responsible for the contents of any external sites that are linked to in this blog.


  1. Your welcome – great blog and thanks for putting all the useful hints and tips on there – they’re really useful
    Kind regards


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