September 25, 1992
As a licensed clinical social worker and co-producer of a documentary in production on the ex-psychiatric patients' rights movement, I find your article, "A New Image for Shock Therapy" (Sept. 15) disturbing. Thousands of former psychiatric patients nationwide have been organized now for more than 20 years. They and their organizations are readily available, but no statements from them appear in your article. Consistently, and with no demands for anonymity, they have vigorously disapproved the use of shock (electroconvulsive therapy, or ECT)
March 26, 2001 |
"It was a brilliant cure, but we lost the patient," Ernest Hemingway remarked famously after receiving electroshock therapy for depression in 1961. Forty years later, a new study finds that the cure rate for the controversial treatment is far from brilliant, even when combined with drug therapy.
December 22, 1989 |
The country's largest professional group of psychiatrists announced elaborate guidelines Thursday for the use of electroshock therapy, the controversial treatment for severe depression that is experiencing a resurgence in medical practice. The guidelines drawn up by the American Psychiatric Assn. were described as among the most detailed ever issued to explain how a therapy should be used--testament to rapid advances in the science of shock therapy and to public pressure for accountability.
November 17, 2003 |
The electrical current throbs from one side of the skull to the other, scrambling circuits along the way, inducing a brief seizure. When it's over and the anesthesia wears off, patients often are subdued, confused, sometimes unsure of where they are or why. Then, sometimes, the remarkable happens: Severely depressed people find that the darkness has lifted; they feel better than they have in years. Others are left distraught. They've been shocked -- and feel no better than before.
June 13, 1985 |
Electroshock therapy, the controversial psychiatric treatment that led to the removal of Sen. Thomas F. Eagleton as the 1972 Democratic vice presidential nominee, received a limited endorsement Wednesday from a federal advisory panel, which said that the procedure can be "life-saving" for certain persons suffering the most severe forms of depression.