Friday, January 17, 2014

Is this your image...

...of electroconvulsive therapy (ECT)? From an article in Slate (my emphasis):

The film "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" played on television one day and, enjoying the irony, we patients watched it in our housing unit's common room, laughing frequently with self-awareness. Hoping to share the joke, I told the doctor about it when he next did his rounds. While mildly amused, he said nothing had done more to prevent those who needed help from seeking psychological treatment in general, and electroconvulsive therapy in particular, than that movie. ECT saves lives, he insisted. Indeed, I'd guess that as many as one-quarter of the people on my unit received ECT—voluntarily, it should go without saying. And all spoke positively of its effects.

Hat tip: Andrew Sullivan.

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