Electro-Convulsive Therapy, a.k.a. "Shock Treatment." Once recognized as the barbaric and destructive practice it is, ECT is making a comeback in the "treatment" of depression; Despite the blandly-worded reassurances from the psychiatric establishment, the ECT survivors' movement continues to gather testimony and evidence from those who have suffered brain damage in the form of permanent memory loss and intellectual dysfunction as a result of ECT.
Electroconvulsive therapy is used only to treat severe, debilitating mental disorders and not to control behavior, as it is often portrayed in Hollywood. Further, it is usually used in extremely depressed patients who have not responded to psychotherapy and medication. Patients at extremely high risk of suicide may benefit from ECT due to extremely rapid results. However, lack of evidence for long-term suicide risk reduction requires close supervision and additional treatment in the following weeks and months.
(Electroconvulsive Therapy). Therapy used in the treatment of severe depression. ECT involves placing electrodes on the temples, on one or both sides of the patient's head, and delivering a small electrical current. This aims to shock the brain and to restore its natural chemical balance.