When people think of Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT), they usually envision something pretty archaic. A One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest style lab complete with sadistic doctors in lab coats and patients strapped to tables prepared to have their brains scrambled. Or they picture that whole lobotomy thing with ice picks up the nose.
Except…that’s not at all what it is, though there are probably those who would embrace lobotomy treatments if it meant the depression would cease altogether. (For a great insight into ECT and recovery check out Will I Ever Be the Same Again? Transforming the face of ECT.)
So let’s get into this.
Disclaimer: I have never been involved in administering ECT, though I have worked with a few outpatient and inpatient clients who have undergone this procedure. I’m a smart girl, but treating a handful of people who have undergone ECT does not make me a expert on this particular treatment.
I wish it did. I’d be an expert on Every Damn Thing.
What I can offer you is what I saw, answer the questions that my patients had, give you some background on what ECT is and what it isn’t and tell you about another less invasive treatment using magnets.
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