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Shock treatments were suggested for my son but he is not sure

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Shock treatments were suggested for my son but he is not sure about this type of treatment. I don't believe that shock treatments could offer a complete cure. Would you agree or not?

Elliott, LPCC, NCC : Seeking expert counseling is a sign of strength. A personal relationship with a caring professional is proven clinically effective.
Elliott, LPCC, NCC : Dear friend,
Elliott, LPCC, NCC : That suggestion is unethical unless your son has had depression for a long time and has not been able to respond to it.
Elliott, LPCC, NCC : You told me earlier that he had not even been diagnosed yet. That notwithstanding, they want to give him Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT)- shocks to his brain.
Elliott, LPCC, NCC : That is a treatment of last resort and is not a long-term cure.
Elliott, LPCC, NCC : It can stop depression for perhaps three months and then has to be done again, over and over.
Elliott, LPCC, NCC : There can be some short-term memory loss that is often regained.
Elliott, LPCC, NCC : If nothing else can give him relief then it is a viable option. However, he should first try medications and psychotherapy.
Elliott, LPCC, NCC : If he has never had a problem like this before then I strongly urge you to get a second opinion.
Customer: Thank-you, I feel the same way.
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