Shock therapy rebounds at HCMC

  • Article by: ABBY SIMONS , Star Tribune
  • Updated: August 5, 2012 - 9:42 AM

Doctors say that despite stigma, the treatment is an effective option for severe cases of mental illness.

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whatzitAug. 5, 1212:52 AM

sure its kinda creepy but to call it barbaric denies the whole fact of surgery. Ever seen a knee or hip replacement surgery? Or seen them saw the ribcage apart at the sternum? Or steel rods inserted along the whole length of the spine in a fusion? All those are terribly invasive, risky, barbaric and oh yes necessary, esp if its your life they are saving or restoring function that you have lost

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canardbusterAug. 5, 12 1:26 AM

It should be pointed out that ECT advocates insist that this therapy is far less radical than the barbaric electroshock that Cuckoo's Best made famous. The fact that this is not mentioned in the article is quite disappointing.

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grouchomarxAug. 5, 12 1:49 AM

The actual experience of ECT versus the depiction in One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest. Should have greater emphasis in this piece. A reading of the Bell Jar will yield a better understanding of what actually occurs during an ECT treatment.

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tomjoadAug. 5, 12 2:17 AM

I have had 20-30 ECT treatments, including some at HCMC. While they did offer some relief from severe depression, in my experience it doesn't last. I would like to know how people who have received ECT are doing 3-6 months later; my guess is most of them are back to where they were. It offers a quick fix to get people feeling better so they can leave the hospital, but it is not a long-term solution for major depression. An MAOI medication finally turned things around for me, and its effectiveness has not decreased since I went on it 10 months ago. Yet MAOIs are rarely prescribed. I was recommended ECT many times before ever being recommended an MAOI. Doctors and hospitals need to try MAOI medications before doing ECT. Even if you feel better after an ECT, your head is so foggy you cannot function at a normal level.

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fwallenAug. 5, 12 7:36 AM

It is really not about HCMC. This procedure is done at the finest most respected facilities in the U S.

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mnmaggiemnAug. 5, 12 7:51 AM

So they say some wake up and its like a different person...what if someone doesnt like that "new" person they woke up to be?

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bosshogAug. 5, 12 8:10 AM

whatzit: the brain is about a billion times more complex then some bones. So yes, it is barbaric. They don't know what will happen after the procedure is done.

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pinked10Aug. 5, 12 8:28 AM

@tomjoad - the article did not say it was a cure for everyone. I am happy you continued on and found what worked for you. My sister had ECT ~25 years ago and she hasn't tried to kill herself since then. She was on a continuous journey to end her life. At that time, she said ECT ruined her life. I beg to differ, she is now 61 years old and LIVING.

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sandrafraAug. 5, 12 9:40 AM

The article does say the treatment is used after traditional medications are proved ineffective. MAIO's can have terrible side effects and do irreversible damage to your body. You really do need a doctor that is going to do a thorough cost/benefit analysis. The treatment is different, as noted, from what was seen in Cuckoo's Nest. Mental illness takes away dignity in the first place, and if you've tried commit suicide or given up your will to live, ECT might give you your life back. If you have mental illness or have a loved one with a severe form of mental illness, you might want to investigate ECT ahead of time so that you can make an informed decision should it come to that.

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lloyd55423Aug. 5, 1210:10 AM

Let's hope Governor Dayton weighs in on this important issue.

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