ECT is not brutal; it is now quite humane and surprisingly effective– truly improved and much safer than it used to be. ECT isn’t forced on people any more than chemical-based treatments. Whenever that happens, that would be foolish and criminal. A ban on ECT would also be foolish. I have benefited greatly from ECT, and I happen to be male. I had to spend years trying this and that expensive new drug for my depression before my clinician (a female psychiatrist) agreed to let me try it. Sure, I was scared at first; Yes, it is invasive. But here’s the catch: It works beautifully for me and thousands of others, and now I am living practically drug-free.