When you go for an ECT treatment (at least at the place I went), you have to fill out a form. No surprise, right? You are at a hospital and we know they want to be all legal, official and shit. It’s a mood checklist. They need to know your level of depression, what’s the worst issue you are experiencing and if you’re taking those ever-helpful prescriptions. Included in the mood checklist is a sub-section on suicide.
“Are you thinking about it?”
“Do you have a plan?”
“Did you try it?”
So now we know we are trafficking in some very heavy emotional territory. And they collect the forms and line you up, cold and ready, for your procedure. Sometimes you think to yourself as you wait, “Was I honest?”
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