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Thanks for sharing your story. “Nothing about us without us.”
Here’s a quote from a recent article about ECT in Visions magazine (http://www.heretohelp.bc.ca/visions/treatments-what-works-vol11/electroconvulsive-therapy):
“Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) has been, and continues to be, among the most effective treatments in psychiatry. Over 80% of those patients receiving ECT can expect significant improvement or recovery from their depressive symptoms.1 In comparison, improvement rate with either antidepressant medication or a course of cognitive psychotherapy is 55% to 60%.”
Many consumer/survivors who provide peer support recovery services have wondered about engaging a volunteer psychiatrist/psychologist or other clinical personnel as “supervisors” to help with boundary, ethical or skill-based issues. What qualities would psychiatrists serving in this position need. Generating a list might help peer specialists improve their ability to select the appropriate person to help them in their quest to help their peers.