Wednesday, October 07, 2009

Electroshock Therapy

This TED talk is about one surgeon's personal experience with electroshock therapy. Please be advise that foul language is used, but it's only like four or five times.

For the record, electroshock therapy is for very severe depression. If you take only ONE thing away from this video, let it be that people can return from the depths of non-function and psychological pain. That they can regain their abilities again.

If you need more proof, I present Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor:

Her progress is better laid out in her book, My Stroke of Insight. Quoting my capstone paper again: "Five years after Dr. Taylor's stroke, she was able to do division and other simple mathematical problems. Two years after that, she was teaching Gross Anatomy again. As of 2006, she was a consulting neuroanatomist at the Midwest Proton Radiotherapy Institute, helping stroke survivors neurologically rehabilitate themselves. (Taylor, 2006)"

Never underestmate a person's ability to recover and function.

Taylor, J. B. (2006). My stroke of insight: a brain scientist's personal journal. New York : Viking.

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