Star Wars actress Carrie Fisher finally became free of crippling depression thanks to electric shock therapy.
The controversial technique, also called electroconvulsive therapy (ECT), is a psychiatric treatment, during which seizures are induced in patients through electronic currents.
Since 1976, it has been placed in the high risk Class III category of medical care by officials at the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulatory agency, and it is not commonly used – but the actress swears by it, insisting the technique is largely misunderstood.
“Oh, everything (about electric shock therapy is misconceived),” she explains to Rolling Stone magazine. “You get put to sleep when they do it. It’s very easy and very effective. And it’s not used as punishment by nurses in a mental hospital when you’re bad, which is how its depicted in literally every movie, both contemporary and past.”
Carrie has been undergoing the treatment for many years and considers it a miracle cure.
“At the time I was depressed, and it ended the depression,” she recalls of how her life was impacted following her first ECT session. “I couldn’t fix it. Medication couldn’t fix it. Therapy couldn’t fix it. That did.”
In addition to electric shock therapy, Fisher has found relief from her psychiatric problems in other contentious ways, such as dropping psychoactive drug acid.
“I don’t think I was ever suicidal, and that’s probably because of drugs,” she details. “I did have… do have this mood disorder, so it probably saves me from the most intense feelings. I was able to mute that stuff. And I loved LSD. That was fantastic.”
However, she has not taken acid for a while and doesn’t plan on doing the psychedelic anytime soon: “I would like to do that stuff again, but it might be a little intense at my age. It was intense not at my age.”