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Electroconvulsive Therapy:Dartmouth clinic 'bursting at seams'

Posted by PAUL SCHNEIDEREIT The Chronicle Herald on October 14, 2017 in News
Dr. Michael Flynn, director of the electroconvulsive therapy clinic at the Mount Hope Building at the Nova Scotia Hospital in Dartmouth, stands in the sole ECT treatment room. (TIM KROCHAK / Staff)
Dr. Michael Flynn, director of the electroconvulsive therapy clinic at the Mount Hope Building at the Nova Scotia Hospital in Dartmouth, stands in the sole ECT treatment room. (TIM KROCHAK / Staff)

Despite the lingering stigma from the movie One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, the demand for electroconvulsive therapy treatments has been steadily growing.

Over the last decade, usage has risen about seven per cent a year, says Dr. Michael Flynn, the psychiatrist in charge of the ECT treatment clinic at the Nova Scotia Hospital in Dartmouth.

ECT is a medical procedure that uses a brief electrical stimulus to the brain to treat certain types of major mental disorders. 

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