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"A well-researched and thorough examination of the rise, fall, and revival of ECT...essential reading for anyone considering psychiatric treatment options."
"The Dukakis shining through these struggles with depression is warm, funny, vulnerable.... Her description of unraveling under the media klieg lights is down-right courageous."
A well-researched and thorough examination of the rise, fall, and revival of ECT . . . essential reading for anyone considering psychiatric treatment options.
"The Boston Globe"
The Dukakis shining through these struggles with depression is warm, funny, vulnerable. . . . Her description of unraveling under the media klieg lights is downright courageous.
"San Francisco Chronicle"
A aA well-researched and thorough examination of the rise, fall, and revival of ECT . . . essential reading for anyone considering psychiatric treatment options.a
a"The Boston Globe"
A aThe Dukakis shining through these struggles with depression is warm, funny, vulnerable. . . . Her description of unraveling under the media klieg lights is downright courageous.a
a"San Francisco Chronicle"
? ?A well-researched and thorough examination of the rise, fall, and revival of ECT . . . essential reading for anyone considering psychiatric treatment options.?
?"The Boston Globe"
? ?The Dukakis shining through these struggles with depression is warm, funny, vulnerable. . . . Her description of unraveling under the media klieg lights is downright courageous.?
?"San Francisco Chronicle"
About the Author
Kitty Dukakis, the wife of former Massachusetts governor and 1988 Democratic presidential nominee Michael Dukakis, is a well-known and much-loved public figure. She revealed her ongoing struggle to overcome depression and her accompanying addictions to alcohol and pills in her 1990 memoir, Now You Know.
Larry Tye is a journalist, and spent fifteen years at the The Boston Globe. He has won numerous awards, including recognition from the Associated Press. The author of three previous books, he has taught journalism at Boston University, Northeastern, Tufts, and Harvard, and now runs a Boston-based fellowship program for medical journalists.
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ECT seemed like a "miracle", after only a few treatments I could feel the difference !
If I could rate this book any higher than 5 stars I would.
Occasionally someone has had a bad experience. The activists who are anti-ECT make it sound like we all have bad experience, not so!
This book is so well written that I've bought about 5 copies. When someone is considering ECT I am quick to lend out a copy. It is essential to be well informed.
Larry Tye is such a talented write, it is a joy reading and he is very balanced. Individual stories are told, both good and bad.
Kitty did something to set the standard for all mental health presenters. She made 100% of her medical records available to Larry Tye. He is an experienced medical writer, in the past for the Boston Globe, and now conducts an annual fellowship for medical journalist called the Health Coverage Fellowship. If there was anyone capable to look at Kitty's records and co-author her journey to ECT, it is Larry.
I was fortunate to meet Michael and Kitty as a result of my story being on page 135. They are so busy, really amazing people. Both Michael and Kitty give various presentations. Kitty is a supporter of the US setting high standards for ECT facilities. I'm sure most already meet this criteria, but she wants to make sure each patient gets the best care available. She also advocates for patients being told in the beginning of their treatment about ECT as one of possible treatments along with medications, CBT, DBT, etc. She was not told about ECT until long after she had treatment resistant depression. Finally a doctor recommended she may want to try, she did, it worked and she is doing excellent with a schedule most of us could do without exhaustion.
Michael does his political presentations but during the talks he mentions Kitty and mentions for those that choose ECT it could be lifesaving. They have plenty of examples of where it has worked, from Kitty and myself to others in her book. Then there are they many that tell them during their presentations. Michael is a remarkable supporter of treatment availability for the mentally ill. If I am at his presentation he let's the audience know there is an advocate in the room and acknowledges me.
The take home message is please buy the book, have it handy in case someone you know, or yourself, is considering ECT. A tip: read it while well, as during depression some tasks like reading are difficult if even possible. There is nothing better than full disclosure and example of people using a modality, Kitty and Larry did such a good job with their book that here I am writing a such a long review I've got to stop before I write a book, about their book!