Category: ECT

A Poem

Today one of our patients gave me this moving poem which I want to share in our Blog:


Twice you have healed me
induced tremors that annealed my hemispheres
tying all that needs be tied
severing all that binds my soul to sorrow

You’ve added chemical succor
smoothed the waves of my ocean
reduced the depth of my plunge

It’s time to heal myself
use my newly expressive face
to grow more wrinkles
melt the mask that convinced the world
I’d already gone

So I will grow my audience
link this life to love
accept loss
celebrate these gains

By C.E.

Controversies in ECT, and Magnetic Seizure Therapy

In the December 2015 issue of the Atlantic was a fascinating article by Dan Hurley titled “The Return of Electroshock Therapy”. He interviews Sarah Lisanby MD. She was the founding director of Columbia University’s Division for Brain Stimulation and Neuromodulation. She then moved on to become the Chairwoman at The Department of Psychiatry at Duke University. Just recently, she was appointed as director of the Neurostimulation Division at the National Institute of Mental Health.

In the article, she discusses how over the course of her career she has tried to overcome the stigma of ECT to insure this life saving procedure can be available to patients when needed.

She also discusses her research with Magnetic Seizure Therapy. This therapy is not yet available, but is probably as effective as ECT, but has a better side effect profile in that there are less concerns about memory impairment with treatment.

You can access the article here