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Re: ECT response rate

Posted by linkadge on July 5, 2008, at 17:10:12

In reply to Re: ECT response rate linkadge, posted by IAMtheWalrus on July 5, 2008, at 13:57:29

>So are you saying suicide is better than some memory loss?

Well for starters, people probably need to rethink the notion that ECT is their "last option". Nextly, show me studies that proves that ECT does infact actually reduce the rate of suicide.

For some patients (Hemmingway is a prime example) the failure of ECT coupled with the the prospect of permanant brain damage is infact what prompts suicide.

Nevertheless, if ECT works for you and you are comfortable with the risk then go for it.

I would just be more satisifed if somebody stepped up to the plate to initiate sound research that enables patients to make a more realistic and accuate appraisal of the benifits and risks. That research is long due.


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