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Re: ECT Could Be On The Way Out per FDA

Posted by linkadge on February 5, 2011, at 11:18:20

In reply to Re: ECT Could Be On The Way Out per FDA Sailboat77, posted by Bob on February 4, 2011, at 23:32:37

I think it is "The Emperor's New Cloths" with some of these treatments.

Is ECT really as safe, reliable and effective as assumed? My personal thoughts are that the efficacy is bolstered in order to justify the treatment. How else would a procedure like ECT possibly continue to be available?

Some of the bias may be self fufilling. If patients think that ECT is really as effective as assumed, they may discount or downplay their own negative experiences with the procedure. Doing such will only distort a fair analysis.

Just like with the Emperor's New Cloths. Everybody assumes that everyone else is precieving correctly (i.e. seing the cloths), and only they cannot see the cloths, therefore nobody says anything. Or the multitude of studies on conformity out there. As long as enough people say that the short line is long, you can get a random person to say the same thing.

I think the efficacy of ECT is just misinformation that is hard to rectify. People have this image in their mind of the "big gun" ect. With a treatment like that, it has to work!!


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