The thought of ECT has always horrified me. I would be scared beyond belief. (Having had a few mains voltage shocks in my life was bad enough.) So my opinion is anything but unbiased.
The idea that someone might have ECT when it is really a thyroid issue makes it even less justified than ever.
Electroconvulsive therapy mostly used on women and older people, says study
Findings are a cause for concern and symptom of the ‘over-medicalising of human distress’, says co-author of report using NHS data
The use of electroconvulsive therapy to treat serious mental health problems is more prevalent in women and older individuals, researchers have found.
The study, which looked at data from a group of NHS trusts in England between 2011 and 2015, found that, on average, two thirds of recipients of ECT were women, and 56% were people aged over 60.
The results chime with findings from the annual dataset release by the Royal College of Psychiatrists, which reveals that for 2016-17, 67% of patients receiving acute courses of ECT were female, as were 74% of those receiving ECT to prevent relapses – so-called “maintenance ECT”.
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