Mental illness and its treatments continue to be demanding topics requiring the attention of the healthcare community. While pharmaceutical treatments increase in popularity, many people remain unaware of the non-pharmacological options available. One of the available unconventional treatment methods includes electroconvulsive shock therapy, a technique that utilizes bouts of electricity to stimulate anti-depressive behaviors. Although its methods have been disputed for a long time, electroconvulsive shock therapy is a long-standing and effective treatment for depression. Electroconvulsive shock therapy has a dense history which has led to the stigmatization of it as a treatment, and it has credible downsides. Electroconvulsive shock therapy has been proven to work and its use can be promoted via further research on the topic.

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