TomCat asked in HealthMental Health · 2 months ago

I was just admitted to a mental facility. They have said they will do electric shock therapy. Is that even legal?

This will be my last question in a few months. 

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  • 2 months ago
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    First, I'm having a really hard time not accepting the idea that you are probably trolling for attention.  

    I did psychiatric intake work at a good mental health hospital for decades.  I KNOW for a fact that you CANNOT be given any medical treatment or procedure without YOUR WRITTEN CONSENT ON A FORM!  Also, in most states, the doctor is REQUIRED TO SIT DOWN WITH YOU AND EXPLAIN THE PROCEDURE AND THE POSSIBLE SIDE EFFECTS OF IT long before you sign the consent. 

    And this goes for Electroshock Therapy as well as the removal of your appendix.

  • 2 months ago

    Yes it's legal and still used.

  • Tavy
    Lv 7
    2 months ago

    Legal in the UK but my friend lost great chunks of her past.

  • 2 months ago

    Yes it is legal, but it's controversial. It's considered a last resort in the US and other developed countries. Patients and mental health professionals have different opinions about it. 

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  • 2 months ago

    Next time, don't act crazy or unusual and this wouldn't happen to you.

    I hope things work out for you.

  • kelvin
    Lv 7
    2 months ago

    not legal as they stopped doing that many years ago

  • 2 months ago

    It's legal, and in some scenarios it can be very effective. 

  • Isabel
    Lv 4
    2 months ago

    ECT can only be used with the patients full and informed concent.

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