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The truth about electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) - Helen M. Farrell

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In 1982, a young nurse was suffering from severe, unrelenting depression. She couldn’t work, socialize or concentrate. One controversial treatment changed everything: after two courses of electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) her symptoms lifted. So what exactly is electroconvulsive therapy and why is it so stigmatized? Helen M. Farrell details the history and evolution of ECT.

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Meet The Creators

  • Educator Helen M. Farrell
  • Director Igor Coric
  • Narrator Bethany Cutmore-Scott
  • Senior Animator Igor Coric
  • Animator Nemanja Petrovic
  • Producer Milica Lapcevic
  • Content Producer Gerta Xhelo
  • Editorial Producer Alex Rosenthal
  • Associate Producer Bethany Cutmore-Scott
  • Associate Editorial Producer Elizabeth Cox
  • Script Editor Eleanor Nelsen
  • Fact-Checker Laura Shriver

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