In those instances, the patient (no matter the age) was seen as someone that could not make the correct choices for themselves.
And as vulgar as the method seems, it worked.
Granted I have no idea if any large percentage of people died. . . but since i know that a large percentage did live t complain or become overly angry about the side effects. . .
The most severe/common side effect was the lost of childhood memories, no matter how old the patient was. The patient usually did not remember why they were suicidal to begin with and so were no longer suicidal.