Electroconvulsive therapy is the most undervalued, yet probably the most effective, treatment modality available in psychiatry.
Over the years, our knowledge base of neurochemistry has increased substantially, and we have an incredible number of psychotropics at our disposable. Yet we cannot effectively treat some of the most severe mental illnesses. ECT is an effective treatment modality for some of these conditions, and its efficacy is well-established in clinical literature.
Prior to the introduction of the first antipsychotic (chlorpromazine) in the