Introduction: Part 1: Electroconvulsive Therapy (01:44)
Depression affects 20 million Americans of which 20% find no relief in antidepressant drugs. Hear people describe their unbearable anguish. The following film is the story of 12 people who underwent electroconvulsive therapy.
How Electroconvulsive Therapy Works (02:05)
The frightening procedure is the most effective treatment available for severe depression. ECT can cause permanent memory loss. Ancient Romans used electrogenic torpedo rays to treat chronic head pain.
Famous Patients (02:03)
Every year 100,000 Americans undergo ECT making it as common as getting a hysterectomy. Learn about ECT patient Kitty Dukakis. Alisson Wood underwent ECT therapy after trying every available medication.
Hollywood Shapes Public Opinion (01:43)
See movie images of electic-shock treatment. Before the use of anesthesia and muscle relaxers it was not uncommon for patients to suffer a dislocated jaw and broken teeth. See actual footage of electic-shock treatment.
A Dark Place (02:41)
The Dukakis family reflects on living with Kitty's mental illness. ECT patients describe feelings of hopelessness.
Difficulty of Defining Depression (00:54)
Depression is 2 times as common in women as men. Severe depression, if not effectively treated, can lead to self destructive behavior or suicide.
Dukakis Drinks Rubbing Alcohol (03:48)
Depression sufferer Kitty Dukakis describes the difficulty of being in the spotlight during her husband's run for presidency. After the Presidential campaign her drinking escalated and suspicions of a suicide attempt became headline news.
Electroconvulsive Therapy Patients Stories (02:30)
Author of "Electroboy" Andy Behrman describes the symptoms of his mental illness and deciding to undergo ECT. Katie Steinhoff describes how bi-polar disorder manifested itself in her daily life.
Depression Affects the Whole Family (02:10)
Alisson Wood describes fearing she would kill the family dog. While still a freshman in high school she received 8 electroconvulsive treatments for her severe depression.
Credits: Part 1: Electroconvulsive Therapy (01:04)
Credits: Part 1: Electroconvulsive Therapy
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