In the fall of 2009, Amy S.F. Lutz and her husband, Andy, struggled with one of the worst decisions any parent could possibly face: whether they could safely keep their autistic ten-year-old son, Jonah, at home any longer. Countless behavior strategies, multiple medication trials, and a ten-month hospitalization all failed to control his violent rages. Desperate to stop the attacks that left them emotionally crushed and physically battered, Amy and Andy decided to try the procedure that has been called “the most controversial treatment in medicine”: electroconvulsive therapy (ECT).
Each Day I Like It Better includes a survey of the most recent ECT research as well as self-contained chapters recounting the ECT journeys of six other families, but it is ultimately the story of Jonah’s profound transformation: the boy who once broke his teacher’s nose is now preparing for his bar mitzvah. This book will be of interest not only to those touched by autism, but for all those invested in the psychiatric stabilization of debilitating illness.