When most people think of electroconvulsive therapy (ECT), or shock therapy, they imagine a strapped-down patient writhing in pain. (Probably thanks to the movieOne Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest.)
And many regard it as an outdated, barbaric treatment no longer in use.
In fact, ECT is still in use in NZ and overseas, and why and how it’s used may surprise you. Here are some common myths and facts about the procedure.