Chief psychiatrist urges Australians to embrace life

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Chief psychiatrist urges Australians to embrace life

CANBERRA,June4(Xinhua)--TheAustralianCapitalTerritoryschiefpsychiatristhasdismissed"misconceptions"aboutelectroconvulsivetherapy(ECT),theACTschiefpsychiatrist,welcomedtheterritorygovernmentsdecisiontospend5millionAustraliandollarstoexpandaccesstoECTinCanberra,Australia,wherebyelectricalcurrentsareusedtoinduceamildseizureandalterthebrainactivityofpatientswithmentalillnesses,(ABC)thatthereisastigmaaroundECTbecauseofthewayitisportrayedasanunpleasantprocedureinmedia."ECTitselfcanbealife-savingintervention.""PeoplehavemisconceptionsaroundECTandIthinkthatmoviesandmediaincertaininstanceshaveportrayedaparticularpresentationofECTthatbearsverylittlerelationshiptohowitsdeliveredinacontemporaryservice.""Peoplearegivenageneralanaestheticandalotofmusclerelaxant,soalthoughwetalkaboutitaselectroconvulsivetreatment...peoplesometimesassociatethatwithelectricshocktreatmentandthinkpeoplearegoingtobehavingseizures."RiordansaidthatamajorityofpatientswhoundergoECTexperienceaneasingoftheirsymptomsandthatitisasafeandviabletreatmentoption,andupto1,500treatmentsshouldbedeliveredinACTeveryyear."Intermsofpercentages,somewherebetween60to70percentofpeoplewillsaythattheyfeeltheyhavecompletelyrecoveredfromtheirillnessafteracourseofECT.""Thatsavery,verygoodresponserate."。

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