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What are misunderstandings about electroconvulsive therapy?

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Many people misunderstand electroconvulsive therapy (ECT), even though it’s been around since the 1940s. Many of the risks and side effects have been related to anesthesia, doctors using the equipment improperly or doing the ECT in the wrong way, and staff who haven’t had the right training. There is also a misconception that ECT should only be a "last resort" form of treatment, or that it is used as a "quick fix" instead of long-term therapy or hospitalization. Movies and TV shows have shown it incorrectly, adding to the misunderstandings.

SOURCES: 

Rabheru, K.   Feb. 9, 2012.  J. ECT.

Petrides, G.  published online, July 29, 2011. Neuropsychobiology, 

Cleveland Clinic: “Schizophrenia.”

Reviewed by Jennifer Casarella on March 13, 2020

SOURCES: 

Rabheru, K.   Feb. 9, 2012.  J. ECT.

Petrides, G.  published online, July 29, 2011. Neuropsychobiology, 

Cleveland Clinic: “Schizophrenia.”

Reviewed by Jennifer Casarella on March 13, 2020

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