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Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT)

Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT)

Electroconvulsive therapy, or shock therapy, is enjoying somewhat of a comeback after falling into disrepute in the 1970s. Every year in Britain, 20,000 people are on the receiving end of 100,000 treatments-that is, at least five shock treatments apiece. In the US, 100,000 patients are subjected to more than half a million treatments a year. But perhaps the most astonishing of all these statistics is the number of cases of shock therapy that are still administered involuntarily. In the UK, some 3000 patients-or a sixth of all those treated with ECT-still receive the treatment against their will.

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