You may have heard about the use of ECT (Electroconvulsive Therapy) for clinical depression or in case of Psychosis or Bipolar Illness.
Yes, indeed, in this time and age the formerly called Electroshocks are still being commonly used for Psychiatric Illnesses. Electric current is used to readjust the electric connections in the brain. Seizures are administered on purpose.
Their application is used in cases, where no other medical intervention was successful.
Although their use and effectiveness may be questioned, I am here to tell you my own experience with it.
WHAT HAPPENED TO ME PERSONALLY?
In my case, ECT was used without my consent, after all the medication administered was not effective. Doctors decided to take my rights away, as I wasn't displaying signs of coherence and reason. Their decision didn't take into account that my partner was resolutely against the ECT treatment being used on me. I had no say in it and neither had he actually. It was decided without us.
Rather high number of ECT treatments was decided by the medical panel. Fortunately, after only a few treatments my situation did indeed change for the better. Doctors decided to stop the treatment as I was back to my former self. So yes, I can agree that the ECT treatment does have a value and works when needed.
HOW IT'S DONE
The fact that it's done under a full anesthetic and with the use of muscle relaxants is of a great value. I don't even remember the whole treatment. There is a large blank canvas in my mind for the time that I had the ECTs. I don't have a memory of it and that might be the best outcome for me.
As for the other memory loss, I have a week or two gap in my memories. Only after I had been well enough and in intensive care unit, my memories continue.
Do I believe in ECT? Although I don't like the fact that it was used on me without my consent, I will say that I had benefit from its administration. So yes, I do believe in the use of ECT when nothing else helps.