Rob McGruder's ECT Odyssey

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Independent producer Dan Collison presents the story of Rob McGruder, a 45-year-old man with bi-polar disorder. His frequent depression has seriously affected his life. He has attempted suicide three times, married three times, and found himself homeless. He says Electroconvulsive Therapy, or ECT, saved his life. ECT is controversial. It has often been called "electro-shock" therapy and has sometimes been portrayed as akin to torture. In this piece, McGruder narrates his own progress in trying to break through and manage his depression, using ECT.

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