December 21, 2022

I Had Electroconvulsive Therapy. It Was Nothing Like What I Expected.

Neera Ghaziuddin, M.D., was quoted in this Slate article about ECT.

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But while much has changed in the past several decades, the stigma against ECT continues (including—spoiler alert—in the recent movie Don’t Worry Darling). Unfortunately, that can lead patients to avoid getting the treatment out of fear or shame. According to Neera Ghaziuddin, a professor at the University of Michigan Medical School Department of Psychiatry, “ECT is still used because it is a highly effective and safe treatment. The stigma is due to a lack of familiarity and overestimating the side effects. [Ultimately,] it’s safe, effective, and acts rapidly.”