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Just wanted to share two books that I recently read on ECT, which helped me to make an informed decision about it.

The first is Shocked: Insider stories about electroconvulsive therapy by George Kirov. The book is written by an ECT doctor in the UK. Each chapter is about a certain presentation of MI and the doctor's determination about whether ECT will help or not. This is very important as ECT only works for certain presentations and not others. The book is also very detailed about the procedure itself and all the medical considerations that have to be taken into account when doing ECT. The one thing to keep in mind though is that it deals with how the UK does ECT. ECT laws are very different in the UK then the US. 

Shocked: Insider stories about electroconvulsive therapy: Kirov, Prof George: 9798630913944: Amazon.com: Books

The second book is Shock: The Healing Power of Electroconvulsive Therapy by Kitty Dukakis and Larry Tye. This book is half about the history and science (or lack of scientific understanding) about ECT and the other half is Kitty Dukakis's story of struggle with addiction and depression and her choice to finally do ECT. The book is extremely even handed and fair. It basically is pro-ECT but does not sugarcoat the side effects of ECT.

 Shock: The Healing Power of Electroconvulsive Therapy: Dukakis, Kitty, Tye, Larry: 0735918014503: Amazon.com: Books

 

Anyways, if your considering ECT read these books! 

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