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Re: Electroconvulsive therapy D. Bob

Posted by alan on January 12, 1999, at 9:12:46

In reply to Re: Electroconvulsive therapy, posted by Dr. Bob on January 9, 1999, at 12:03:34

> > I have often read that ECT is the fastest working and most effective treatment currently available for affective disorders. But it is used only after many other treatents have been tried and failed. To a layman, that sounds insane. I assume there must be a good reason for this. What is it?
> I think Kelli put it well:
> >We all had these images in our heads that I was going to have permenant brain damage and that it was going to destroy my memory and cerebral functioning for the rest of my life- I think we ALL think that. We have images of Frankenstein and "One Flew Over the Cookoo's Nest".
> Bob

Is that all? While people suffer terribly, and some die due to suicide;while careers and marriages fall apart? If that is all, why don't Docs immediately suggest ECT before pulling out the prescription pad, and let the patient decide he does not want to be eleectrcuted even after being fully informed?




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