The Healing Power of Electroconvulsive Therapy, A Journalist's Account of Psychiatry's Most Controversial Treatment, and a Moving Portrait of One Woman's Life-Changing Experience
On Sale: September 14, 2006
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Non-Fiction | Non-Fiction Memoir
An important and powerful book about electroconvulsive
therapy and its comeback.
For more than twenty
years, Kitty Dukakis battled severe depression with every
medication and treatment available. But it wasn't until she
tried electroconvulsive therapy- ECT-that she began getting
her life back for good. Written with award-winning medical
reporter Larry Tye, Shock is both the personal story
of how ECT dramatically changed Kitty Dukakis's life as well
as a captivating look at the science behind ECT, the
controversy surrounding it, and the history of its
intriguing rebirth in this country.
explores the stigma afflicting ECT-still a treatment that
many hospitals do not administer-and debunks long-held
misconceptions about how it is performed. Though some
continue to view ECT as a dangerous, even barbaric,
procedure, as this book explains there is no scientific
evidence to suggest that ECT damages the brain. It can cause
side effects like memory loss, but they generally are not
far-reaching or long-lasting, especially when newer,
lower-impact techniques are employed. In fact, the U.S.
surgeon general and the National Institutes of Health agree
that for severe depression ECT is safe, and often more
effective than antidepressants or psychotherapy.
eye-opening and powerful book about one of the most
contentious medical treatments in history, Shock demystifies
ECT and brings to life-through Kitty Dukakis's moving
account -its impressive capacity to heal. For the millions
who suffer from depression, bipolar disorder, and other
mental illnesses, it offers real information, practical
guidance, and hope.
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