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Books on E.C.T.

Electroconvulsive Therapy: A Guide for Professionals & Their Patients
by Max Fink, M.D. 

This book is written specifically for patients and their families. It gives insight into the history of ECT and the reasons for the controversy surrounding it. The bulk of the book deals with case descriptions of how ECT has helped other patients.


Electroconvulsive Therapy and Neuromodulation Therapies
Edited by Conrad M. Swartz

This is the newest textbook on ECT including related neuromodulation therapies such as transcranial magnetic stimulation. It comprehensively covers both the scientific basis and clinical practice of ECT, as well as providing readers with administrative perspectives for the training and management of this modality in clinical practice.


Shock: The Healing Power of Electroconvulsive Therapy
By Kitty Dukakis and Larry Tye

Kitty Dukakis discusses her own journey with ECT with commentary by Larry Tye. This collaboration of science plus personal experience makes for an interesting perspective on ECT.


Will I Ever Be the Same Again? Transforming the Face of ECT (Shock Therapy)
By Carol A. Kivler

The author discusses her own battle with depression and how ECT helped her. She is a consumer advocate and founder of Courageous Recovery.


Wishful Drinking

By Carrie Fisher



By Carrie Fisher

Both of these books deal with Carrie Fisher’s life – which by default include living with Bipolar Disorder and her experience receiving ECT. She has spoken about these issues on several talk shows and in live performances. Both books are interesting, funny, and thought provoking at the same time.


Electroconvulsive Therapy: 4th Edition
by Richard Abrams
One of the most recent comprehensive textbooks on ECT. Written for physicians.




SHOCK THERAPY: A History of ECT in Mental Illness
Edward Shorter & David Healy.

The authors present a history of convulsive therapy and other somatic treatments. Not only is it informative and an enjoyable read, but it shed light on why an effective treatment like ECT is so underutilized and disparaged.


Undercurrents : A Life Beneath the Surface
by Martha Manning
Harper San Francisco
This book is written by a psychologist. It describes her depression and treatment, including ECT


Handbook of ECT
by Charles H. Kellner, John T. Pritchett, Mark D. Beale, & C. Edward Coffley
A brief overview of ECT written for physicians.


  The Journal of ECT
(formerly Convulsive Therapy)
Lippincott Willians & Wilkins Co
A quarterly journal covering the latest scientific reports on ECT.

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