ECT: Electroconvulsive Therapy

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There are many different types of therapy that are used to treat people with psychological disorders such as depression. An extreme treatment that is usually only used when nothing else has worked is called electroconvulsive therapy. This therapy consists of giving the patient a muscle relaxer and an anesthetic and then delivering brief electrical pulses to their brain. This process increases serotonin levels in the brain and helps treat severe depression that other treatments could not help. I think this treatment is really interesting because many people believe that it is scary and not healthy. In reality many patients said that their experiences with ECT were no scarier than a trip to the dentist office. The film "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" shows an old version of electroconvulsive therapy which makes it look like a negative unwanted treatment. This clip along with the thought that it is unhealthy, both contribute to why there is such a negative feeling towards this treatment.

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