Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Remedy #60 Electroconvulsive Therapy, or ECT, as Treatment for Depression and Social Anxiety

Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) is a psychiatric treatment in which electrodes are placed on one's head. Then a seizure is electrically induced for therapeutic effect. Once called by a scarier name, Electroshock Therapy, today, it's mostly recommended for those whose depression hasn't responded to any other treatment, like the medication or psychotherapy mentioned on this site.

In the article linked here, they discuss how ECT is demonstrated on the new hit show, Homeland; and how the version presented in the classic film One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest is a thing of the past.