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ECT: A History of Helping Patients

Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) is used to treat patients with certain types of mental illness, including severe depression, severe mania, and catatonia. It was first developed in the late 1930s, with the first recorded...

How We Talk About ECT: Replacing Misconceptions with Stories of Success

Unfortunately, because of the way it has been portrayed in books, films, and other media, many people have a mistaken impression of electroconvulsive therapy (ECT). Once known as “electroshock therapy,” ECT has frequently been represented as barbaric and violent, a process that produces memory loss or...

ECT Gave Me My Life Back

The memory is as fresh today as the feeling that night six years ago when I got up at around 2:30am and headed into the kitchen for a snack. It was as if a switch went off—but not the lights. It was the depression that...

Fighting Depression: TMS and ECT are Sought-After Treatments

Elizabeth See struggled with depression for more than a decade when, in November 2014, she was diagnosed with Goodpasture syndrome, a rare autoimmune disease that attacks the kidneys and lungs. A tennis professional, she suddenly found her livelihood and passion restricted by physical constraints and regular...

Paula Bolton

Paula Bolton, MS, APRN-BC, has been a nurse practitioner in the Internal Medicine Department at McLean Hospital for over 25 years. Her clinical practice has focused on health promotion and disease prevention for psychiatric patients. She has worked with inpatients, residential patients and...

Charles Welch

Charles Welch, MD, ran the ECT service at Massachusetts General Hospital from 1976-2013. Since 2013, he has served as an attending on the ECT Service at McLean Hospital. In addition to ECT, his career interests include prevention of child maltreatment, serving on the Massachusetts Governor’s...

Stephanie White-Bateman

In her clinical work, Stephanie White-Bateman, MD, focuses on the treatment of mood and anxiety disorders using medication management as well as psychotherapeutic and neurotherapeutic approaches. She began her career at McLean as an attending psychiatrist on the inpatient Short Term Unit for mood...