Electroconvulsive therapy

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  • Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT): A Case Study

    Task 1. Summary of Main Topic Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) is one of the oldest biological treatments for mental illnesses still used by psychiatrists today, despite its controversial roots. ECT is currently prescribed to an estimated 100,000 patients in the US every year. The majority of these patients, who suffer from major depression, will have a remarkable 85-90% chance of full recovery (Abrams, 2002), thus providing a much safe alternative to psychotropic drugs. Of course, the proven safety of ECT today does not account for it’s notoriously unethical evolution. This is most apparent regarding specifically the treatment of patients exhibiting schizophrenic symptoms, where the rights of these patients were often wavered in the doctor’s…

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  • Electroconvulsive Therapy Analysis

    Electroconvulsive Therapy is a dangerous yet effective treatment for severe depression. In the video we were introduced to Mary. Mary was a distraught women who had previously tried to commit suicide; she had no interest in living and felt no emotions at all. This lack of emotion was portrayed by her body language and tone of voice. I believe that without Electroconvulsive Therapy she would have been successful in taking her own life. Her husband also played an antagonizing role in her…

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  • Electroconvulsive Therapy Argumentative

    Electroconvulsive Therapy among depressed patients: argumentative essay Introduction and Background Electroconvulsive therapy is controversial issue and had ethical issue since its discovery about its practice over the world and that vary from country to another, whereas it has unknown mechanism of action and adverse effect, so there is ethical dilemma to practice in the world whereas, that used to treat depression prior discovery of pharmacotherapy , on the other hand had legal…

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  • Electroconvulsive Therapy Vs Shock Therapy

    Today a mental illness is defined as a chemical imbalance in the brain which causes person to act differently. In the Past psychiatrists did not have medication to treat mental illnesses. Instead they relied on physical methods such as lobotomies, shock therapy, asylums, exorcism, trephining and many more. It is important to become aware of past treatments to better understand the reason for current treatments, it also provides us better information to move forward and create better, more…

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  • Electroconvulsive Therapy Advantages And Disadvantages

    Electroconvulsive therapy is a procedure in which doctors transmit electric shocks to the brain from electrodes that are placed on certain locations of the head, which release a flood of neurotransmitters and help treat the patient’s specific disorder. Although, before this procedure occurs, the patients are given anesthesia to prevent any physical harm to the patient. One major advantage of this procedure is that there has been an 86% remission rate in patients who have undergone ECT with…

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  • The Pros And Cons Of Electroconvulsive Therapy

    The electroconvulsive therapy has been one of the most controversial procedures in human history and is still performed, because of its effective treatment of depression and other mental disorders. The method of performance of ECT has changed over time, although its perception has not altered a lot. The influence of mass media, movies and books strongly determine the general public’s opinion about the electroshock therapy. Although the procedure has been performed since the late 1930s, its…

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  • Sylvia Plath: Why She Wrote

    It was at Smith College that started to trigger an undeniable depression. Since Plath lived in the time period that she did, there was no medication to help with the symptoms of her mental disorder, later described as bipolar disorder (Poetry). When Plath was only a year in her college education, she swallowed several sleeping pills and hid under her porch with the desire to cease her life (Bio). Sylvia survived and was immediately checked into a hospital for six months and recovered with…

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  • The Fig Tree In The Bell Jar By Sylvia Plath

    The article, “Beyond the Metaphor of the Pendulum: Electroconvulsive Therapy, Psychoanalysis, and the Styles of American Psychiatry” by Jonathan Sadowsky discusses psychoanalysis and electroconvulsive therapy in metaphorical terms. It asserts that according to much of post-World War II literature, psychiatrists in the twentieth century often used electroconvulsive therapy in order to cure their patients based on the belief that it would benefit both the patient and society, but in reality, it…

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  • Similarities Between We The Animals And The Bell Jar

    saw that my body had all sorts of little tricks, such as making my hands go limp at the crucial second, which would save it time and time again ”(Plath, 159). Many viewed these previous attempts as cried for attention and not really trying to kill herself. In actuality these are just constant signs that she is mentally il and needs proper treatmeant. The author of the novel also had previous failed suicide attempts. One of Plath’s attempt to end her life mirrors the way the protagonist Esther…

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  • Lunatic Asylum Experience

    opinion. The anxieties and feeling of empathy that I felt in the hallways was unimaginable. It could have been my family or a loved one that is going through these problems. It alarmed my heart that these individuals were isolated from our society. All of them were lodged into a huge castle for workers in the facility to cater to their needs. I am appalled by how we had little medical advances, however, innocent lives were used as experiments for a much more improved way of helping the patients…

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