Perception of ECT
We asked psychiatrists what they thought about ECT, they said it was “effective” and “life saving” and said “I’d have it”. Members of the public (people who were walking on the Waggon Way around Newburn) had a different view. Many said that it caused “memory loss” was “barbaric” and “old-fashioned” and said “I wouldn’t want it for myself”. Others said things like “my dad had it” and were then more positive “gets you out of a dark place” and “amazing transformation”. We realised that those people who were exposed to ECT were positive about it whereas those who hadn’t were wary. This is important because ECT is a remarkably effective treatment for depression and that stigma surrounding it means that some people aren’t having it when they probably should . As part of the Pint of Science https://pintofscience.co.uk/events/newcastle event we therefore talked about ECT. At the start of the evening the audience said it was a “Brutal” and “Scary” treatment of “Last Resort” after Nicol had finished talking, the audience said it was “underused” and “effective”.
Click below for more pics and word clouds relating to the above.
- Life saving/effective by psychiatrists
- Barbaric/memory loss by dog walkers in Newburn
- Prof. IN Ferrer presenting at the Town Wall
- Sharon Robinson demonstrating ECT equipment