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Memory and ECT

  • February 24, 2012

This recent Psychology Today blog titled Memory and ECT was inspired by an event we held at the Dallas Children's Theater. After mimosas (we were bumped from the prior week on Dr. Oz due to the orange juice fungicide situation, found some humor in that), we entered the theater and watched the segment on Oz.

Then I moderated a panel with my good friends from UT Southwestern. I had asked Dr. Husain if he would come to back me up in case there were questions I could not answer and he said - "All three of us are coming!" (the lead physicians for ECT at UT Southwestern). I knew with all that brain power in one spot, we couldn't waste it. I asked if everyone would particpate in the panel and all agreed.

Dr. Raza, Dr. McClintock, Dr. Husain, and me (Julie Hersh)

The result was one of the most thoughtfu, informative discussions about ECT that I've ever experienced. The audience had tough questions which these men answered with patience and respect.

We had some fun too. I gave away theater tickets to a few Dallas Children's Theater shows as well as to "GIANT" the production for the Dallas Theater Center. Here's a shot of me when my friend Hope Hochster won the tickets to "Giant."

The Dallas Children's Theater did a fantastic job helping me produce this event. They do rent out their facilities, give them a call if you have an interest. Great 480 seat theater, plus the lobby works well for a prereception: 214-978-0110.

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In Struck by Living, Julie Hersh picks apart the irony of her life with humor and brutal honesty. Despite a loving husband, healthy children, financial security, Julie attempted suicide three times. With the help of ECT (electroconvulsive therapy), Julie broke the deadly course of her disorder. Now well, Julie promotes the importance of mental health with collaborations with other artists and organizations.

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