Representations of ECT in English-language film and television in the new millennium

Avery Madeleine Matthews, Peter B. Rosenquist, William Vaughn McCall

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Abstract

Objective: The aim of the study was to survey the media landscape to determine whether visual depictions of electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) are becoming more or less medically accurate in the new millennium. Method: English-language filmand television shows depicting ECTwere analyzed for patient demographics, administrator roles, indication, consent, anesthesia, paralytics, bite block, lead placement, electroencephalogram, and outcome. Results: Thirty-nine ECT scenes were viewed, and just 3 included all 5 essential tools of modern ECT: anesthesia, paralytic, electrodes, electroencephalogram, and a bite block. Conclusions: Media depictions of ECT do not reflect current practice. Too often, ECT is portrayed as a torture technique rather than an evidencedbased therapy, and even in a therapeutic setting, it is too often shown with outdated techniques.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)187-191
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of ECT
Volume32
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 23 2016

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Electroconvulsive Therapy
Television
Motion Pictures
Language
Bites and Stings
Electroencephalography
Anesthesia
Torture
Administrative Personnel
Electrodes
Demography
Therapeutics

Keywords

  • ECT
  • Electroconvulsive therapy
  • Film
  • Media
  • Movies
  • Stigma
  • Television

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neuroscience (miscellaneous)
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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Representations of ECT in English-language film and television in the new millennium. / Matthews, Avery Madeleine; Rosenquist, Peter B.; McCall, William Vaughn.

In: Journal of ECT, Vol. 32, No. 3, 23.08.2016, p. 187-191.

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