ElectroConvulsive therapy (ECT) is actually making a comeback!
It’s now done in a “kinder and gentler” fashion. It’s no less brutal than it ever was, but the brutality is hidden behind drugs that render the patient unconscious and relax muscles so the body’s violent flailing—the convulsion, the goal of the treatment—can’t be seen. Though there are no longer broken bones and spines, as was once the case, the violence against the brain is unabated.
In no other context is a convulsion considered good. A convulsion is, in fact, the seizure or fit of epilepsy. Yet, psychiatrists not only perform ECT, they often *force* patients to submit, even using court orders. The patient who is in a psychiatric hospital has no choice. If that’s what the psychiatrist prescribes, that’s what the patient gets.