Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) has been stigmatised since being unfairly depicted in Hollywood. Photo: Alamy

Depression treatment: drugs, behavioural or electroconvulsive therapy – which works the best?

ECT has been used to treat depression and other mental illnesses for 80 years. A study suggests it may be more effective than previously thought, and comes at a time when views about using medication to treat depression are changing

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Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) has been stigmatised since being unfairly depicted in Hollywood. Photo: Alamy
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Anthea Rowan

Anthea Rowan

Anthea Rowan has written for papers and magazines on almost every continent and on a huge variety of subjects, from travel in Africa to mental illness in the States to education in Europe. Her work has appeared in The Times in London, the Washington Post in America and regularly at the South China Morning Post.