Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT), colloquially called "shock therapy," is often denounced as barbaric by members of the lay population. However, it is actually a highly efficacious treatment for depression, which can be particularly common and severe in the elderly. This discussion illuminates the potential benefits and risks of this controversial treatment.
Johnston, Deirdre; Eitel, Doug; and McCall, W. Vaughn
"Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT): An Introduction for Elder Law Professionals,"
Marquette Elder's Advisor: Vol. 4
, Article 4.
Available at: http://scholarship.law.marquette.edu/elders/vol4/iss1/4