Electroconvulsive Therapy

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The Truth About 'Shock Therapy': Don't Believe The Movies

At the very mention of the term 'electroconvulsive therapy' (ECT), people imagine something shocking, barbaric, demeaning, undignified, inhuman and so on. The reason lies partly in the history of ECT and partly in its media portrayal. In the popular Hindi movie Kyon Ki for instance, we see a draconian Om Puri (the psychiatrist) delivering ECT to a restrained Salman Khan (the patient) who is left to scream in sheer agony. However, this mindset about and portrayal of ECT is far from the present-day truth.