Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT) for depression
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The American psychiatrist Thomas Szasz wrote "electricity as a form of treatments based on force and fraud and justified by "medical necessity "the cost of this functionalization runs high. It requires the sacrifice of the patient as a person of the psychiatrist as a clinical thinker and moral agent".An electric current of between 70 -400 volts is passed through the brain to cause a major epileptic seizure. The current is administered for a fraction of a second or several seconds. To avoid muscle spasm that would crack vertebrae, break bones and damage teeth, sedation with a short-acting intravenous barbiturate followed byby muscle paralysis and respiration with oxygen .
Hello @whitecross1955, thank you for opening this discussion, I've moved it to our depression treatments group for more visibility. Is ECT something you're interested in trying or have tried already?
If you haven't already seen it, we published an article a few months ago on ECT explaining how it works and some of the controversy around it: What is electroconvulsive therapy (ECT)?
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@Courtney_J Thank you Courtney I posted it in the wrong place, sorry about that, Years back I was in a private hospital for people with different mental health issues, Got chatting to a young man every day who was been treated for depression Seems the medication was not making him any better. and his family agreed to E.C.T. Met him a few days later after a few sessions, he could not speak a word, did not remember my name or where he was. I was shocked. I was under the care of a psychiatrist and asked him about this treatment his reply was over the years he had met people some of who had 100 sessions and were not better. He considered the results let to closed head electrical injury
@whitecross1955 I didn't know they were stil doing this kind of treatment and I can understand the controversy around it. It make you think of one flew over the cuckoo's next and the like. I assume that it does help some if they keep offering it, but it's not something I'm interested in.
@Raindrops Some hospitals use it., This barbaric treatment is the endgame where a psychiatrist has given up on the patient. accordingly to one psychiatrist, he has met people who had over 100 treatments and were no better. Psychiatrist have lost their way when they only use medications and not be open to other treatments Not taken into account what the upbringing of the patient was like, their worries personal and financial, their relationships or lack of them. If your only tool is a hammer, then everything looks like a nail
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