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Shock remedy is coming round again at the present time within the therapy of great psychological disease. regardless of its reemergence as a secure and powerful psychiatric device, even if, it remains to be shrouded via a longstanding destructive public photograph, no longer least as a result of movies similar to the vintage One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest, the place the inmate of a psychiatric health center (played by way of Jack Nicholson) is subjected to electro-shock to lessen his rebellious habit. past its vilification in pop culture, the stereotype of convulsive treatment as a perilous and inhumane perform is fuelled through specialist posturing and public incorrect information. Electroconvulsive treatment, or ECT, has within the final thirty years been thought of a mode of final lodge within the therapy of debilitating melancholy, suicidal ideation, and different kinds of psychological ailment. but, mockingly, its effectiveness in treating those sufferers might recommend it as a frontline treatment, bringing reduction from acute signs and saving lives.

In this e-book, Edward Shorter and David Healy hint the debatable historical past of ECT and different "shock" treatments. Drawing on case experiences, public debates, vast interviews, and archival examine, the authors reveal the myths approximately ECT that experience proliferated through the years. via exhibiting ECT's frequently life-saving effects, Shorter and Healy propose some extent of view that's hotly contested in expert circles and in public debates, yet for the approximately 1/2 all clinically depressed sufferers who don't reply to medicinal drugs, this publication brings a lot wanted hope.

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