Patients and Families Featured Books


Struck by Living

A trailer by Julie K. Hersh based upon her work with and her book Struck by Living. ©2011 Greenleaf Book Group Press. All Rights Reserved.

Will I Ever be The Same Again

A trailer by Carol Kivler based upon her work with and her book Will I Ever Be the Same Again? ©2010 Three Gem Publishing/Kivler Communications. All Rights Reserved.
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The Scar

At the age of twenty-seven, married, living in New York, and working in book design, Mary Cregan gives birth to her first child, a daughter she names Anna. But it’s apparent that something is terribly wrong, and two days later, Anna dies—plunging Cregan into suicidal despair.
"Despite the discomfort and the temporary memory loss it caused, I would have ECT again without hesitation. People voluntarily undergo much more invasive and damaging medical interventions to save or to prolong their lives - chemotherapy, radiation, open-heart surgery, blood transfusions, bone marrow transplants - and speak freely about those experiences, but continue to think about cancer and heart disease differently from mood disorders, that can be equally deadly."


Kitty Dukakis battled debilitating depression for more than twenty years. Coupled with drug and alcohol addictions that both hid and fueled her suffering, Kitty's despair was overwhelming. She tried every medication and treatment available; none worked for long. It wasn't until she tried electroconvulsive therapy or ECT that she experienced profound improvement and could once again engage in life.

Patients and Families Featured Videos



A documentary film by Brad Osborne and based upon the book by Kitty Dukakis and Larry Tye. ©2006 AMS Production Group, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
Dartmouth-Hitchcock ECT DVD

Electroconvulsive Therapy

Under exclusive distribution from MECTA Corporation. Produced by Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center. ©2001 Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center. All Rights Reserved.