Electroconvulsive Therapy: A Guide for Professionals and Their Patients

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The oldest current somatic treatment for psychiatric illnesses, electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) is potent and yet controversial. Simultaneously, for patients with severe depressive illnesses and their families, it may be the most lifesaving and the most frightening option. For Dr. Fink, after fifty-plus years of study, the last dilemma lies in obstacles to universal accessibility.

J Clin Psychiatry 2009;70(3):436