Treating Children With Electroconvulsive Therapy

It sounds barbaric, but some health care professionals are now using electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) on autistic children who exhibit severe, self-injuring behaviors, according to BBC.com. BBC featured one child who has already had 260 ECT sessions, and a second one who doctors say will probably need ECT “for the foreseeable future.” As mentioned in the article, ECT is banned in some U.S. states because its long-term effects are not known. Also mentioned by BBC, it’s not...

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