Archive for the ‘Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT)’ Category

Lee’s Traumatic Journey: A Therapeutic Story to Address Life-Threatening Behaviors with Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT)

ECT remains a controversial topic within medicine and psychiatry, raising concerns about ethics and the right to effective treatment, the historical record of its clinical efficacy, the research with children, adolescents, and young adults with autism spectrum disorder and catatonia, and evidence...

A Handshake that Inspired a Recovery: The History and Future of Mental Health News

[caption id="attachment_7082" align="alignright" width="216"] Ira H. Minot, LMSWFounder and PublisherBehavioral Health News[/caption] Let me tell you a true story about a simple handshake that saved the life of a young man from New York suffering with mental illness. The year was 1987 and he was...

The ECT Controversy

Although many believe they have been helped by electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) – in which seizures are electrically induced, usually to treat severe depression – ECT also involves serious risks. In fact, many others believe it has destroyed their lives. The risks – permanent amnesia and...

ECT For Depression: An ‘Old’ Treatment Gets Better

Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) is most often prescribed for severe depression and it dramatically helps many patients. It is one of several kinds of treatment that involve brain stimulation. Findings from recent research studies are helping doctors administer ECT in ways that minimize side...