Shock Therapy: Three Stars
After battling depression, Jonathan Pitts agreed to receive electroconvulsive therapy.
I have been on antidepressants ever since elementary school. They put me on Zoloft because I was always crying over insignificant things. Fifteen years later, not much has changed. I am currently on a cocktail of Wellbutrin, Cymbalta, and Abilify (for anxiety) and have been for the past two or three years. I can’t complain, though I do wish they would put me back on Adderall. It was meant to supplement one of the antidepressants I was taking, and it was real nice. My fondest memory is of taking a ridiculously unsafe amount of Adderall and staying up all night grinding my teeth while playing Castlevania: Portrait of Ruin.
In the fall of 2015 I was enrolled in community college while tackling a depressive episode. I can’t say I remember a whole lot from that time, but at one point I agreed to receive electroconvulsive therapy.
Here are the facts: Electroconvulsive therapy has been around since 1938. It administers electrical signals to the brain to induce a small seizure. In its infancy, electroconvulsive therapy was highly dangerous. The amount of electricity used was much higher than what is used today. Patients (usually conscious) sometimes broke bones because of the restraints holding them down while they had the seizure. Over the years, the safety precautions over electroconvulsive therapy have improved. Today, the amount of electricity used is almost insignificant. The treatment is most often used as a last resort for severe depression. One of the most common symptoms is memory loss.