As far as I am concerned , electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) is the most controversial treatment I have received. In 1991, I was hospitalized for six months. I am a very compliant patient suffering from rapid cycling bipolar disorder. If recommended by a doctor I am open to a treatment plan. All I knew about ECT was that my brother received treatment in the sixties for his bipolar disorder. At that time they were called shock treatments. I knew , from his experience that they were somewhat painful and affected his memory.