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Electroconvulsive therapy is a life-saving medical procedure for depression

December 20, 2012 - In mid-December the Toronto Star published “Shock: An investigation into the startling comeback of electroconvulsive therapy.” Describing ECT as “a brute force assault on the brain” and an “electrical lobotomy,” the authors painted a very worrisome picture in which the use of ECT in Ontario had grown at an alarming rate and without proper oversight. In the last few days, numerous patients have requested that we provide a more balanced perspective on this treatment. This article is for them.
 
 
Dr. Jeff Daskalakis (l) and Dr. Daniel Blumberger
 
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