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Sun Dec 14, 2014, 01:54 AM

Texas sees resurgence in use of electroconvulsive therapy

Electroshock therapy never enjoyed much in the way of good public relations, and the low point may have come with the 1975 film One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest.

In the movie, a handcuffed patient played by Jack Nicholson undergoes punitive electroshock with a writhing, torturous convulsion. Some psychiatrists blame that dramatic depiction — it helped Nicholson win an Oscar — for the procedure’s fall from medical favor.

But nearly 40 years later, the procedure is on the rise in Texas. Electroconvulsive therapy, as it is now called, thrives as a treatment for some forms of mental illness, especially severe depression.

The number of ECT treatments in Texas has increased 67 percent since 2001, according to figures compiled by the state health department. ECT was used 14,176 times in Texas on 2,243 patients between Sept. 1, 2012, and Aug. 31, 2013, the last available reporting year. The state’s figures do not include military and veterans’ hospitals.

Read more: http://www.dallasnews.com/news/state/headlines/20141213-texas-sees-resurgence-in-use-of-electroconvulsive-therapy.ece

[font color=green]Coming to a psychiatric hospital near you. Next up: lobotomies.[/font]

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TexasTowelie Dec 2014 #3
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Response to TexasTowelie (Original post)

Sun Dec 14, 2014, 02:05 AM

1. also the abuse of the mentally ill.

 

I've visited these places I know what happens when staff think no one is looking.

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Sun Dec 14, 2014, 02:26 AM

2. some patients don't respond to any other treatments

So what do you recommend? A treatment that's obviously not perfect or no treatment at all?

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Response to greymattermom (Reply #2)

Sun Dec 14, 2014, 02:36 AM

3. While I understand the point that you are trying to make,

I have mental health issues so I can also see it as a patient claiming to have their issues resolved to avoid receiving "the treatment" in which case it could let issues become worse. Considering the backlog of Texans with mental health issues seeking to obtain disability status, I could see where the state might start subjecting people to electroconvulsive therapy to thin out the waiting list.

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Response to TexasTowelie (Reply #3)

Sun Dec 14, 2014, 12:38 PM

4. ^^^^^THIS^^^^^

If you think this will not be used to intimidate people into not getting mental help, you are naive..but ak-47s will still be for sale...right by schoolyards.

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Sun Dec 14, 2014, 05:17 PM

5. I took care of someone through a course of ECT.

 

Drove her to the hospital, waited while the procedure was being done, drove her home afterward. After a week, I moved her to my apartment for the duration of the month long treatment. She has no memories of that entire month.

I did not see the treatments, but I know that they are given drugs to paralyze them temporarily, so no convulsions and drugs to anesthetize them so they are not awake during the procedure. The scene in One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest is antiquated and bears little resemblance to the procedure today.

She now has a neuro-stimulator, similar to what is used for Parkinson's, which is providing good results.

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