Patience, the psychiatrists always cautioned there is never a quick fix. If these drugs do work, it might be weeks, months, before the first inkling. But the lesson of the passing years was that the drugs didnt work. The darkness engulfing Stephen became a tomb. And it engulfed us all his wife, his daughters, his brothers, his parents. So it seemed little short of a miracle when a last resort treatment penetrated that malign murk indeed, blew it away. According additional hints to data collected by the Guardian, about 2,000 patients were given ECT in 2011. Thank God Stephen was one of them. Website A life that had been little more than an extended stupor, enlivened only by the gobbling of stodge, was transformed. The principled, generous, engaged soul re-emerged, as if from hibernation.
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