Tuesday 27 June 2017

The idea shocks, but ECT is a valid treatment for some

'The figures could indicate that ill people likely to benefit from ECT are not getting access to a treatment they need'
'The figures could indicate that ill people likely to benefit from ECT are not getting access to a treatment they need'

John Hillery

In the 1980s I was a medical house officer in a regional hospital. Caring for patients with self -harm was a disturbing existential experience for a young doctor who had seen just enough of death to wonder why anyone would try to take their own life.

I remember carrying out a medical procedure for a patient in the Intensive Care Unit one day when she told me that she wanted to have Electro Convulsive Therapy (ECT).

She explained the depths of feeling that had led her to overdose, the suffering she had been going through from depression and the lack of improvement she had experienced on medication.

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