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ECT has been dogged by conflict between psychiatrists who swear by it, and some patients and families of patients who say that their lives have been ruined by it. It is controversial in some European countries such as Holland and Italy, where its use is severely restricted
Certain types of ECT have been shown to cause persistent memory loss
The general anesthetic which patients are given before ECT may be responsible for the improvement in symptoms,e.g. in cases of mania, (the jump-start may be unnecessary).
QuoteCertain types of ECT have been shown to cause persistent memory losshttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Electroconvulsive_therapyIf the psychiatric disorder is due to past traumatic events then erasing those memories would cure the condition,(this erasure would not be specific to distressing memories).