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A jolt to kick out the blues: Typically administered in an inpatient setting, ECT can also be considered when th...

Would you voluntarily send an electric current across your brain to induce a fit? Ten years ago, Liza (not her real name) did that when conventional treatment of medication and psychotherapy could not pull her out of severe depression. Then in her forties, Liza was in the advanced stages of the mental disease triggered by marital problems. The former educator was slender to begin with. But by the time she was hospitalised for her condition, she was literally "skin and bones", having lost 10 kilos in over half a year. As medication and psychotherapy did not work, her doctor suggested electroconvulsive therapy (ECT). "I agreed to try it out because I wasn't able to eat or drink properly, and was feeling so down and teary despite medication. I've had electrotherapy done for my knee pain before. To me, passing an electric current across my brain to treat my depression was acce...

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