Category Archives: Miscellaneous

Lake Alice: the West Malling connection

In my last post I mentioned that Selwyn Leeks, who ran the child and adolescent unit at Lake Alice Hospital in New Zealand, had a great-grandfather who was the proprietor of a private asylum in West Malling, Kent, England. In … Continue reading

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ECT: what do you wake up from?

When someone undergoes electroconvulsive therapy (ECT), what do they wake up or come round from afterwards? Some patient information leaflets are explicit:  “They [qualified staff] can help you with the process of waking up from the anaesthetic…” (Royal College of … Continue reading

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ECT patient information leaflets

Psychologist Christopher Harrop and colleagues have recently (June 2021) published an article in the journal Ethical Human Psychology and Psychiatry: “How accurate are ECT patient information leaflets provided by mental health services in England and the Royal College of Psychiatrists? … Continue reading

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ECT $$$

There is an interesting thread on The Student Doctor Network about the profitability of electroconvulsive therapy (ECT). One contributor to the discussion, posting in September 2019, says: “I think ECT has the potential to be extremely lucrative, but the challenge … Continue reading

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ECT: would John Conolly have approved?

In my last post I wrote about electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) in the John Conolly suite at the West London NHS Trust. Who was John Conolly and why does he have an ECT suite named after him? Conolly was an early … Continue reading

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ECT in the John Conolly suite

How many superlatives can you pack into a brief paragraph about electroconvulsive therapy (ECT)? This one is from the website of the West London NHS Trust. “Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) provides an essential treatment for patients with very severe psychiatric symptoms … Continue reading

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An ECT questionnaire

The BJPsych Bulletin recently (February 2021) published an article by three psychologists with the title “Improving attitudes towards electroconvulsive therapy”.* “This study evaluates a new video focusing on experiences of ECT and how this can aid communicating medical information to … Continue reading

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How do you illustrate depression?

This week (3 February 2021) in the New Statesman Sophie McBain has reviewed three books about depression (“How we misunderstand depression. Psychological condition or biological disease? Three new books examine the causes and cures of an endemic mental health problem”). … Continue reading

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Precision ECT

There is something in the Netherlands called The Precision Electroconvulsive Therapy Consortium. The consortium consists of three women and six men, although electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) in Western countries is generally given to more women than men. They have recently been … Continue reading

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ECT in the Netherlands: emotional memory reactivation

Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) in the Netherlands has an unusual history. It almost disappeared during the 1970s, but by 2009 its use was back up to a level similar to other countries, for example, England. Dutch ECT patients must be amongst … Continue reading

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