Open Access, Peer-reviewed

ISSN 2005-7571 (Online)
Volume 27, Number 2 (2/2020)
Special Article <page. 37-41 >
DOI : 10.22857/kjbp.2020.27.2.001

Social Stigmata of Electroconvulsive Therapy and Their Reduction Strategies

Junhee Lee, MD1;Minah Kim, MD1;Se Hyun Kim, MD1;Yu Sang Lee, MD2; and Jun Soo Kwon, MD1,3,4;

1;Department of Psychiatry, Seoul National University College of Medicine, Seoul, 2;Department of Psychiatry, Yong-In Mental Hospital, Yongin, 3;Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences, Seoul National University College of Natural Sciences, Seoul, 4;Institute of Human Behavioral Medicine, SNU-MRC, Seoul, Korea

Modified electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) which started in 1950s is a safe and efficacious treatment for several mental disorders including mood disorders and psychotic disorders. However, its usage in present days is still limited by misconceptions and stigmata of ECT. This paper overviews the background from which the stigmata of ECT stemmed and the current status of stigmata surrounding ECT among the public and medical professionals. In addition, a few potential strategies for reducing stigmata of ECT are provided in this review.


Key words : Electroconvulsive therapy;Stigma;History.

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