There's no wonder why there has been a general fear, and we're not even talking about more frightening shock treatments of previous decades. I don't know what the current(HA!) treatments are like, or how it's done today. It just gives me the willies.
Regardless, I'd need a great deal of sound evidence based medical research before I'd even consider going through with it. I'm only aware of shaky for it and again' it opinions. Plus, no one seems to have a clue about why it seems to work when it does, and why it doesn't work when it doesn't, and why relapses occur.
I think weighing the risk vs benefits of this is quite a bit more complicated than assuming that this is a magical cure all miracle panacea for crippling depression without consequences (which may or may not be more crippling than the underlying depression). And you still have to take the shit meds, and having to go through more ECT sessions forever in the case of constant replaces. And the wonky memory and cognitive problems between ECT sessions... Yikes. Them is some risks. I've been considering ECT for the past decade, but the risks far outweigh the possible benefits for me. If I had dependent children or the like, the possible benefits would begin to outweigh the risks. But on a QOL level, I'm on the fence. My own shit is crippling, and I often conclude it's a damned if you do, damned if you don't situation for me, at best, so why bother? It's a creepy thing to have to consider. Regardless, it isn't something to be taken lightly. Good science on this would be super, but I've never been able to get any, in laymen's terms; just opinionated folks for it or agian' it, and no one should ever go on that, one way or the other.