ECT is still used- but to be performed legally it needs to have written consent, OR if the person wil not or is incapable of doing so, a judicial proceeding will take place. It is widely used in almost everywhere except for the U.S, the U.K, and other areas that don't have the necessary amount of doctors educated in the ECT field. <_< Many have attempted to proceed with it, thinking that it's simple and all you have to do is electrocute somebody, and many have died.
It was most widely used in the 1940s, I believe... Well, it began around 1939, specifically. ;O In the early 1930s ECT was too dangerous becuaseQuote:
A very controversial form of treatment, and one that I'm wholeheartedly against for involuntary patients, unless it's potentially life saving. It was widely used around the 1930s I think, but now it's a lot less common. I'd have to be literally insane to agree to electroconvulsive therapy though, and if I really am insane then I can't be a voluntary patient. I fail to see how, apart from its potential to start the pumping of the heart, electrically shocking yourself is going to help.
there was no antidote to stop the convulsions at the time, as it happened with insulin. >_<; And of course the obvious part that it scared the Bah-Geezies out of the patients.
And yeah, they shouldn't do it without the consent of a patient- but as I've said up there^ They still do. (Even if their condition isn't life-threatening. There are also loop holes in many states in the laws concerning ECT.)