Treating children with electroconvulsive therapy

Electroconvulsive therapy – in which a small electric current is passed through the brain causing a seizure – is now used much less often than it was in the middle of the last century. But controversially it is now being used in the US and some other countries as a treatment for children who exhibit severe, self-injuring behaviour.

Seventeen-year-old Jonah Lutz is severely autistic. He’s also prone to outbursts of violent

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