Despite this, shock therapy is not a cure for depression, only a temporary solution. Treatments must be re-administered every year or so.
The most shocking aspect of this article to me, although only briefly mentioned, was that ETC is administered to pregnant women in place of drugs that could be harmful to the developing baby. I would like to research further into this, since the first thing that comes to my mind is how do the shocks affect the fetus? and do the shocks even reach the fetus at all? Another surprising fact brought up in the article is that it is not known how ECT works to treat depression. It seems that many things having to do with the brain and mental wellness are still unknown (including drugs for treatment), and it is interesting that treatments are so widely used without knowing how they work. There must be a strong amount of trust that scientists and doctors have, feeling comfortable to give something to the public, without knowing what it does exactly. This also means that these treatments must come about almost by chance, since scientists and doctors did not work backwards, knowing the problem and knowing how those problems are solved, therefore creating a treatment out of it.
Learning about ETC has been a huge eye-opener to me, as when prior to this past week, when I thought of shock therapy, pictures of old, run down mental hospitals and torture devices came to mind. I can blame this on movies and other representations in the media. I am glad to now know that ETC is still very commonly used and has helped to greatly improve the lives of many, who live highly functioning lives in society.