Do You Believe ECT (Electroconvulsive Therapy) Is Effective in Treating Depression?

Question by almintaka: Do you believe ECT (Electroconvulsive Therapy) is effective in treating depression?
In recent years, ECT (Electroconvulsive Therapy) as a treatment for severe depression is being used by a growing number of Psychiatrists. The modern technique includes the use of very low AC voltages applied to one side (unilateral) or both sides (bilateral) of the skull. The patient is anesthesized and feels nothing. ECT in no way resembles the barbaric “shock treatments” portrayed in the movies (e.g. “Fear Strikes Out”, the Jimmy Piersall story). However, it is nonethless controversial. There are claims that it causes permanent brain damage and memory loss. The AMA and APA claim that the procedure is safe and effective in treating depression. What do you think?

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Answer by DAVID G
It can be in some types of depression. but like every thing the best tretments don’t always work the same on different people so they all carry some type of risk factor involved.

Answer by 1crazypj
Don’t trust anyone crazier than you are, especially psychiatrists, Every psychiatrist I’ve met had a god complex (social meetings not ‘professional’)

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