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ECT – Historical Context, Stigmas and Myths


Resource Type: Nursing Lecture
Listening Time: 24 Mins
Date Added: 28/04/2017
Date Recorded: 24/04/2015
Date Reviewed:
Event: Mental Health: Understanding Bipolar Disorder Including the Practice of ECT 2015
Location: Brisbane, Queensland
Topics: Mental Health

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There are many emotional stigmas as well as myths associated with the use of ECT. This session will look at some of these and clarify points of concern.

Cover image republished with permission from https://www.flickr.com/photos/107733654@N04/14466087218 - Winwick Hospital, Electroconvulsive therapy, 1957

Topics covered

  • Historical context of the use of ECT
  • Stigmas and mythical concepts surrounding the use of ECT
  • Ethical considerations
  • The Mental Health Act
  • Who can perform ECT?


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MMHlthNurs S.Qld., GradDipPsychSt S.Qld., RN. New topics - Clinical depression as a symptom of inflammation rather than a disease
Dr. Karen-Ann Clarke is a registered general and mental health nurse who has worked in a wide variety of acute and community care mental health settings. Working as an academic at the University of the Sunshine Coast, her PhD research explored how women diagnosed with depression made the decision to receive electroconvulsive treatment. She is now engaged in work that focuses on the medicalisation of women’s health and emotional wellbeing. Teaching more than 600 students every year and involved in immersive mental health simulation, Karen-Ann has a passion for working with students in a way t...

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