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How electroconvulsive therapy saved a mother and her child

If you rely on popular culture, you may have an inaccurate view of what electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) is. You may think it is a procedure of the past. But in reality, it is a safe and highly-effective procedure for patients in certain situations.

One such patient is Shanda Fitzgerald, who was diagnosed with bipolar disorder at the age of 15. Later in life, during Shanda’s second pregnancy, her depression became so intense that it was endangering her life and the life of her unborn child. With the help of ECT, Shanda was able to have a healthy pregnancy and deliver a healthy baby.

Watch Shanda’s story, and see the difference ECT made in her life.

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