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ECT and Stigma 

ECT and Stigma
Chapter:
ECT and Stigma
Source:
Electroconvulsive Therapy in Children and Adolescents
Author(s):

Andrew McDonald

and Garry Walter

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199937899.003.0003

This chapter defines stigma and its relationship to ECT, documents what those who receive ECT as well as their families, peers and the wider community think of the treatment, explores the sources of this knowledge and attitudes, and describes efforts to combat stigma. The chapter examines the proposition that more accurate knowledge about ECT is associated with more positive attitudes to its use, and dwells on one of the strongest challenges in tackling the stigma associated with ECT, namely the wide disparity in the attitudes of mental health professionals.

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