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Speak up: I’m glad I did have ECT

Frances Coleman-Williams

I have had depression and anorexia since I was a teenager but I didn’t have my first hospital admission until I was in my 20s.

After I finished medical school, the stress of being a doctor was too much for me and I became incredibly unwell. To cut a long story short, during one particular hospital stay I reached a new low. Depression had its grip, I could feel the mental pain, physically, my mind and body were in agony; I was not eating, I was not sleeping and I was fixated on finding a way to end my suffering. My illness made me think everyone would be better off without me, I was a burden, I was causing problems, I didn’t think there was any reason to stay around, I didn’t think I was ever going to feel differently about this, and the only way I could change the situation was to end my life.

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The August/September issue of MHN is a special themed edition on ECT, including: - The history and use of ECT in modern practice • Service user views • Using recovery staff in ECT anaesthesia • Student perspectives on ECT • The National Association for Lead Nurses in ECT • Interview with an ECT lead nurse • Organising a Twitter chat on ECT