Inside an ECT clinic

Date: 28 April 2017

The Guardian

Dr Robert Tobiansky met with Guardian reporter Nicola Davis to dispel the rumours around Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT).

It is used to treat patients with severe depression, often accompanied by psychotic symptoms, a high risk of suicide or a refusal to eat or drink.

“This is somebody who through their depression feels that they are not worthy of eating or drinking, who through their illness is starving – that is a life-threatening condition,” he said. “You have not got time to wait for other things not to work. Likely things have been tried and failed.”

But negative, dramatic depictions of the treatment in film and other media have left their mark. “Although it is small numbers of people who have the treatment we usually have a big battle against the stigmas and the very negative press ECT has".

Read the full story on the Guardian website.

  • Summary:

    Dr Robert Tobiansky met with Guardian reporter Nicola Davis to dispel the rumours around Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT).