Social Security Disability And Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT)

Aug 26, 2011 Comments Off on Social Security Disability And Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT) by

This Is Fiction!

If you saw the movie One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest, I am sure you remember the electroshock treatment given Jack Nicholson. If not, the picture to the left probably tells you all you need to know about public attitudes about one form of treatment for depression. However, that was a movie. It was fiction. To the extent that it had any basis in fact, its basis was treatment practices almost 50 years ago.

Let me tell you about electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) as used today. First, it’s used only for very severe depression that does not respond to other treatments. ECT is a last resort. Second, the alternative to ECT may be death. You heard me right, death. Severe depression that does not respond to treatment often leads to death from suicide. Third, ECT as used now, is not painful. It is done under anesthesia.  Fourth, ECT works. Most people who have ECT respond. Many get a lot better.

What does this have to do with Social Security? If you have had or are now having ECT for depression, almost certainly should be applying for Social Security disability benefits. I wish I could say that you would be assured of a quick easy victory on a Social Security disability claim but that is probably not the case. That’s what we’re here for.

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Charles Hall is the lead attorney for the Charles Hall Law Firm in Raleigh, NC. He has been practicing in the Social Security Disability law field since 1979, is published, and is ready to help new clients win their benefits in North Carolina.