chapter  4
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Time is no great healer

ByCathy Wield, Keith Matthews, Chris Thompson

I remember the first time the subject of ECT was mentioned during the admission. All in all it seemed a reasonable option to me. I had never seen it done, even as a medical student, and I was vaguely aware that it was still considered a controversial treatment. There is no doubt; I was scared at the prospect of having a jolt of electricity applied to my head in order to induce a seizure! However, I was reassured that I would not feel anything. I would be fully anaesthetised and I liked the idea of going ‘off to sleep’. But the truth was that I was also incredibly desperate, so I wasn’t really interested in the mechanisms of why or how ECT works, just whether it would.