I was just admitted to a mental facility. They have said they will do electric shock therapy. Is that even legal?
This will be my last question in a few months.
- Judy and CharlieLv 72 months agoFavorite Answer
First, I'm having a really hard time not accepting the idea that you are probably trolling for attention.
I did psychiatric intake work at a good mental health hospital for decades. I KNOW for a fact that you CANNOT be given any medical treatment or procedure without YOUR WRITTEN CONSENT ON A FORM! Also, in most states, the doctor is REQUIRED TO SIT DOWN WITH YOU AND EXPLAIN THE PROCEDURE AND THE POSSIBLE SIDE EFFECTS OF IT long before you sign the consent.
And this goes for Electroshock Therapy as well as the removal of your appendix.
- PatriciaLv 72 months ago
Yes it's legal and still used.
- TavyLv 72 months ago
Legal in the UK but my friend lost great chunks of her past.
- RWPossumLv 72 months ago
Yes it is legal, but it's controversial. It's considered a last resort in the US and other developed countries. Patients and mental health professionals have different opinions about it.
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- 2 months ago
Next time, don't act crazy or unusual and this wouldn't happen to you.
I hope things work out for you.
- kelvinLv 72 months ago
not legal as they stopped doing that many years ago
- sunshine_melLv 72 months ago
It's legal, and in some scenarios it can be very effective.
- IsabelLv 42 months ago
ECT can only be used with the patients full and informed concent.