A friend of mine is about to undergo two weeks of electroshock therapy. It’s come down to that, or suicide – his depression is that seriously bad. Electroshock therapy is generally used as a last resort, when anti-depressants and anti-psychotics don’t work. The results are mixed, with patients’ experiences about its effectiveness all over the map.
For the past four or five years I can only define his mental state as vacuous. When I speak with him I feel as if I’m talking to an empty shell. A holder of several graduate degrees, he can barely string two cohesive sentences together.
He is afraid of his future. I am afraid for him. I hope it eventually helps his state of mind.