There's an overwhelming amount of information to think about when considering the different topics we've studied in this course. I'm positive there will be, in the next 20 years, concepts and ideas that will be very applicable to my life and the lives of everyone around me...but I can't help but shake the most recent therapeutic method I learned in this class - electro-convulsive therapy.
I realize (through some mild research) that ECT isn't what people make it out to be - as though it were electro-SHOCK therapy, or anything grotesque as such. But the concept of this style of therapy still bothers me a bit.
I'm reminded of the movie 'Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind'. If you haven't seen it, the movie involves taking painful memories that are a part of your history and erasing them from an individual's memory bank. At the end of the procedure, there will be no memory of having had any of those painful memories.
Now, I don't know much about the science of ECT, but as it was explained in quick detail, it seems to be a treatment slightly similar - where depressing events and memories are recalled in specific detail, and the ECT seizures work to make the patient forget part or all of the depressing event/situation.
It may be because I haven't dealt with severe depressing or emotional pain, but something about deleting that which makes an individual different (their histories/their experiences/their LIVES) bothers me. Even though I understand that the procedure DOES, in fact, help quite a bit in helping patients towards a better quality of life, a part of me will always find it inhumane.