Electroshock: Restoring the Mind / Edition 1

Electroshock: Restoring the Mind / Edition 1

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Electroshock: Restoring the Mind / Edition 1

Electroshock therapy has long suffered from a controversial and bizarre public image, effectively removing it as a treatment option for many patients. In Electroshock, Max Fink, M.D., draws on 45 years of clinical and research experience to argue that ECT is now a safe, painless, and sometimes life-saving treatment for emotional and mental disorders.

Dr. Fink traces the development of ECT from its discovery in 1934 followed by widespread use for two decades, to the 1950s when it was largely replaced by the introduction of psychotropic drugs, to its revival in the past twenty years as a viable treatment. He provides actual case studies of patients who have been treated with ECT and illustrates that many disorders—such as depression, mania, catatonia, and schizophrenia—respond well to it. As he explains the whole procedure from preparation to recovery, we see what the patient experiences. Fink also shows how anesthesia and muscle relaxation have refined ECT, minimizing discomfort and reducing risks to a level far lower than those experienced by patients using psychotropic drugs routinely prescribed for the same problems.

Clarifying the many misconceptions surrounding ECT, Electroshock is an excellent sourcebook for patients, their families, and mental health professionals.

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ISBN-13: 9780195119565
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date: 08/28/1999
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 176
Product dimensions: 5.60(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.00(d)
Lexile: 1360L (what's this?)

Table of Contents

Preface ix
Acknowledgments xiii
What Is Electroshock?
The Patient's Experience
Risks and Contraindications
Technical Features of the Treatment
Depressive Mood Disorders
Manic Mood Disorders
Thought Disorders
Movement Disorders
How Does It Work?
The Origins of Electroshock Therapy
Controversy in Electroshock
Electroshock in the 1990s
Appendix 1: Diagnoses in Which ECT Is Considered Effective 111(1)
Appendix 2: Diagnoses in Which ECT Is Considered Ineffective 112(1)
Appendix 3: Sample Consent Form for Electrotherapy 113(2)
Appendix 4: Medicines 115(2)
Notes 117(16)
Bibliography 133(16)
Index 149

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