So I just talked to a psychiatrist about electroshock Here's what he had to say: -it has a 78-80% success rate for treating severe depression (backed up by numerous peer reviewed journals) after around 4 treatments. That's an incredible success rate -it's done under general anesthesia in an operating room (patient is sedated with propofol - look it up) and paralyzed to stop muscle contractions. exactly what is used for some general surgeries. He said it is very peaceful - there is no spasming/convulsing. The patient just lies there, looks like they are sleeping for the whole procedure. - If he had severe depression he would choose electroshock therapy over other therapies any day. - Patients have no recollection of the procedure, and usually only have to stay in the hospital three hours or so while the propofol wears off and to monitor for a headache.