Sherwin Nuland: How electroshock therapy changed meSherwin Nuland relates his story of ECT.
Surgeon and author Sherwin Nuland discusses the development of electroshock therapy as a cure for severe, life-threatening depression -- including his own. It’s a moving and heartfelt talk about relief, redemption and second chances. A practicing surgeon for three decades, Sherwin Nuland witnessed life and death in every variety. Then he turned to writing, exploring what there is to people beyond just anatomy.
Notes that doctors (his own colleagues) were ready to give Nuland a pre-frontal lobotomy, until a friend suggested that all of his problems emanated from intense depression. This friend suggested that they try ECT, and after some convincing, they agreed to it.
After 10 treatments he noticed some improvement, and after 20 was nearly cured. His inspiring story gives hope to those who are physically afflicted with deep depression. He tells of recovery, redemption, and hope. He went on to continue as a surgeon, become a respected author, and a husband and father.
In having the courage to tell his story, he allows for the possibility of hope for many people in despair and hopelessness.
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