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Wednesday, February 24, 2010

The Snake Pit

Amongst the Oscar-winning films being shown on TCM was The Snake Pit, with Olivia deHavilland. When I was a child, this movie was being shown on television, but my father made us turn it off; mother had been in and out of mental hospitals since the year this movie came out.
The movie depicts shock treatment, but not in grisly detail. Thank goodness for that; the patients' bones sometimes used to break during the induced grand mal seizures they underwent, until physicians began to administer tranquilizers to prevent that possibility.
Mother described the feeling of being paralyzed that came with the drugs given to her before ECT. She was terrified. She said her diaphragm was paralyzed and she could not breathe.

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