Afterthought on respect, and the treatment of depression

[From Bruce Gregory (971217.1320 EST)]

Mike Acree (971217.0945)

Depression is hardly unknown among psychiatrists; they have one of the
highest rates, if not the highest rate, of suicide among the
professions. Many of them also insist that electroshock therapy (ECT)
is the treatment of choice for severe depression. Yet Robert Morgan,
author of the _Iatrogenics Handbook_, has pointed out in court testimony
that _no_ psychiatrists have ever prescribed ECT for themselves--or for
anyone they liked. (There was one case of a psychiatrist prescribing it
for his mother-in-law.)

What lesson are we to draw from this example? That electroshock
therapy is bad? Or that psychiatrists can't recognize when they
might benefit from it? I've always heard that someone who treats
his own disorder has a fool for a doctor and a fool for a
patient.

Bruce

[From Mike Acree (971217.0945)]

Depression is hardly unknown among psychiatrists; they have one of the
highest rates, if not the highest rate, of suicide among the
professions. Many of them also insist that electroshock therapy (ECT)
is the treatment of choice for severe depression. Yet Robert Morgan,
author of the _Iatrogenics Handbook_, has pointed out in court testimony
that _no_ psychiatrists have ever prescribed ECT for themselves--or for
anyone they liked. (There was one case of a psychiatrist prescribing it
for his mother-in-law.)

Mike