December 31, 1993 |
An 80-year-old nursing home patient has refused the electroshock therapy doctors say would cure her depression, and her legal guardian is asking a court to decide the case. "I don't think we should try to force happiness on her under these circumstances," Patrick Murphy, Cook County public guardian, said Thursday.
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.
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October 9, 1996 |
A Los Angeles psychiatrist under investigation for allegedly overprescribing drugs to the late filmmaker Don Simpson was sued Tuesday by a former patient who contends that she was subjected to electroshock therapy against her will. The medical malpractice and battery lawsuit, filed in Los Angeles County Superior Court by onetime Playboy centerfold Melissa Holliday, alleges that Dr. Nomi J.
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.
March 6, 1990 |
Tina York needed a brain boost. She removed her earrings, clipped electrodes to her ear lobes and set the timer on a device nicknamed "the Brainman." After zapping herself with an electric current for 20 minutes, she emerged a stress-free woman. "Your whole perception of things will change," says York, a Los Angeles kinesiologist in private practice. "Everyone should experience this. It's like a runner's high." She was relaxed and alert, she says, all thanks to a little battery-operated box.
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March 21, 1988 |
Fifty years after its introduction--and five years after voters in Berkeley tried to ban it--there are still few controversies in psychiatry more polarizing than the question of whether electricity should be used to induce seizures to treat depression. Critics of electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) say that, even when used properly, it causes brain damage and works only by confusing patients so they can't remember why they were depressed.