Bipolar Disease and Electroconvulsive Therapy

Actress Carrie Fisher had to be hospitalized last week for treatment of her bipolar disorder.  Fisher has been very open about her illness and recently discussed the fact that she has undergone electroconvulsive therapy (ECT), as part of her treatment regime. In her November 2011 book Shockaholic, Fisher made reference to undergoing ECT on a regular basis, a treatment that is often unfairly portrayed in Hollwood movies.

In ‘A Tale of Two Carries: Bipolar Disease and Electroconvulsive Therapy’, published in medpageTODAY Michele R. Berman, MD, demystifies ECT.  She makes the link between the ECT treatment given to the fictional CIA agent Carrie Matheson, played by actress Claire Danes, on the hit series Homeland, with the real Carrie Fisher. That both Carries are helped by the therapy prompts Berman to explore and explain the background to this misunderstood treatment.

You can read the entire article here: http://www.medpagetoday.com/CelebrityDiagnosis/37600.

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