Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT) is an archaic, brutal pseudo form of treatment and should be abolished.
The use of ECT has improved so dramatically in the modern day that it can be used on anyone who needs or requests it, including those with mild, transitory depression.
ECT is never given involuntarily to highly suicidal in-patients.
ECT has improved considerably through the years, and though there are some concerns such as possible short term memory loss, it is a form of therapy that has consistently proven to be very effective for specific illnesses and conditions such as severe depression and agitated mania associated with bipolar disorder.
ECT has been more effective in many cases where other previously used therapeutic techniques such as psychological counseling, medication, and combinations thereof have not provided sufficient relief for the patient.
ECT is safely administered these days under general anesthesia in both inpatient and outpatient settings, no longer causing the factures and other seizure induced serious physical injuries which were once possible side effects with its administration.
Researchers and health care professionals are not sure of the mechanisms that make ECT effective but there is predominately universal agreement that it works well in a variety of cases.
ECT can and should be used as a disciplinary technique for combative patients, those who question your professional authority or any patient who generally annoys you.
A person with Catatonia but is cared for at home by family members.
A person under your care who neither shows nor reports relief from his first episode of depression that has lasted for over two years. He has taken a variety of anti-depressant medications, is presently on an elevated dose of Zoloft and is being monitored by his prescribing physician. You are his third counselor and he has been seeing you three times a week for individual sessions for fourteen months. You have tried several treatment approaches together but he can’t seem to “shake the blues”. He remains fully employed but thinks his work “is slipping”. He claims to have no suicidal thoughts, ideation or plans.
A person who experiences episodic depression but states she prefers ECT treatments over taking medication.
The surfer dude across the street who has tried every medical marijuana shop in Los Angeles but has “yet to do that shock thing” and is “dying to give her a rip!”