Understanding Electroconvulsive Therapy: Benefits and Risks


ECT depressionElectroconvulsive therapy (ECT), sometimes referred to as “shock treatment,” is the most controversial treatment in modern psychiatry. Many people envision it as the cruel and violent procedure that it is portrayed in movies such as “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest.” The truth is that today’s treatment is safe and painless, but it isn’t without risk. Here are some of the benefits as well as the risks associated with ECT. Continue reading …

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  1. You’ve done it again! I was only discussing ECT with a mate who is currently in hospital. ECT was suggested to her but she wasn’t keen and neither was I. We both agreed it was a ‘last resort’ treatment. Another mate’s friend had ECT which didn’t appear to help her. She stopped her treatments and went on Zoloft and she’s now much better. So yeah, I’ve seen patients come in for their ECT when I was in hospital and it was awful to see. But like anything, it could be just the thing that works for one person and not another.