I am a fourth year BA nursing student who has seen the benefits of ECT (shock therapy) first hand. I worked on a psychiatric unit and personally had 2 patients that had ECT done during my stay there. One specifically was treatment resistant, so ECT was a viable option. It is the last resort, but can be very effective. They are put out for a brief period in a surgical suite, and 2 "knobs" (they look like the knobs they use for ultrasound) are placed around the temples or in close vicinity. The "current" is not like you see in the movies-everyone is different but generally you may see some twitching of the toes or limbs, and it is very quick. The patient is sent to recovery. They generally suffer short term memory loss, and this can be frightening at first, but memory does return. Some also find they expereince headaches. Treatment generally occurs more frequently to begin with, and then only maintenance therapy. An hour after ECT, I saw patients who could barely walk and function (due to depression) come alive, interact with others, it was truly amazing. Now I am by no means a professional just because I saw 2 cases and read up on it, I only wanted to let you know that it is not barbaric and that for some, it is a last option that really does work...good luck Christina, I wish you and your family all the best.