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    Treating children with electroconvulsive therapy - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-39961472

    I've just read this article which I found really interesting. It's about how ECT could be used to treat some people with severe autism, and other neurological conditions. It's something that used to be used a lot, but as people became more aware of it (it looks pretty.. interesting I have to say) not so much. But it still is a bit and where, how and why it could work is starting to be investigated again a bit more.

    Does anyone have any experience of ECT? Do you think it works, and do you think it's a treatment that could be worth looking into more by medics in the future? Or even, could the affects it has on people be used to teach us more about how things work in the brain itself? Any other thoughts?
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    (Original post by furryface12)
    Treating children with electroconvulsive therapy - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-39961472

    I've just read this article which I found really interesting. It's about how ECT could be used to treat some people with severe autism, and other neurological conditions. It's something that used to be used a lot, but as people became more aware of it (it looks pretty.. interesting I have to say) not so much. But it still is a bit and where, how and why it could work is starting to be investigated again a bit more.

    Does anyone have any experience of ECT? Do you think it works, and do you think it's a treatment that could be worth looking into more by medics in the future? Or even, could the affects it has on people be used to teach us more about how things work in the brain itself? Any other thoughts?
    Personally i see it was a last resort treatment, being that we can't be certain of the long term risks out it. A family member of my fiance had it done and it was in the 1980s i think so obviously it was completely different then but it did cause her a bit of harm.
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    (Original post by claireestelle)
    Personally i see it was a last resort treatment, being that we can't be certain of the long term risks out it. A family member of my fiance had it done and it was in the 1980s i think so obviously it was completely different then but it did cause her a bit of harm.
    Yeah, would agree with that definitely. It's a way better controlled than it used to be and done in very small amounts at a time but it's still not something that a lot is known about. Sorry it caused her harm- did it appear to help at the time or not out of curiosity?
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    (Original post by furryface12)
    Yeah, would agree with that definitely. It's a way better controlled than it used to be and done in very small amounts at a time but it's still not something that a lot is known about. Sorry it caused her harm- did it appear to help at the time or not out of curiosity?
    I don't think she knows if it did or not just seems to have been traumatic
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    I think with regards to using it as a treatment for depression, it should only be used as a last resort and never on children.
 
 
 
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