Mysteries of Mental Illness

Cynthia Piltch and Electroconvulsive Therapy

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Fear and misunderstanding have created a stigma around ECT or Electroconvulsive Therapy, but today it’s done with targeted current, anesthesia, and muscle relaxants, making it much safer with fewer side effects. Cynthia has been hospitalized for depression five times and tried many treatments, with little success, before turning to ECT.

Aired: 06/23/21

Rating: NR

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