Posted by Larry Hoover on November 18, 2004, at 18:54:42
In reply to Re: thanks, posted by Shalom34Israel on November 18, 2004, at 18:09:47
> See...this guy could get ECT if he wanted, but he's scared like most are. Scared to get better. Stuck in nowheresville. What would you know about ECT, Larry?
Now that's kind of an open-ended question, isn't it?
I know it has never been approved in the United States. It was grandfathered in, just as was trans-orbital frontal lobotomy. I know that the biggest proponent of ECT in America also sells the machines for giving it. I know that permanent damage to the brain is far from a rare event. And I know enough to have a "do not ECT" contract on file with my doctors. No matter how bad I get, even if I lose the capacity for consent and a substitute decision-maker steps in to consent to treatment, they may not use ECT. It is a document similar to a DNR "do not resuscitate" document. I have weighed the benefits and the risks, and for me, no ECT will be considered, under any circumstances.