Marie Osmond considered having electroconvulsive therapy to cure her depression

Marie Osmond came close to having electroconvulsive therapy to cure deep depression

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14:57 GMT, 10 October 2012

Marie Osmond has confessed that she once considered undergoing electric shock treatment in order to be cured of deep depression.

The former pop star was left devastated following the suicide of her son Michael, in 2010, and she took steps to ensure she didn't kill herself.

Marie, 52, suffered with depression so badly that at one point she feared her career would be over.

Tough times: Marie Osmond considered having electroconvulsive therapy to overcome her depression follwoing the death of her son in 2010

Tough times: Marie Osmond considered having electroconvulsive therapy to overcome her depression following the death of her son in 2010

Tragic circumstances: Michael, 18, took his own life in 2010

Tragic circumstances: Michael, 18, took his own life in 2010

A source close to the Osmond family told The National Enquirer: 'She asked loved ones to check her into a mental hospital for treatment.

'Not a fancy rehab facility, but an old-time mental ward with padded cells, straitjackets, restraints and electric shock treatments.'

According the source, Marie was not sure of what she might be capable of doing at her lowest point and wanted to be in a safe environment where she was protected even from herself.

The facility she stayed at had the correct tools to give her electroconvulsive or electroshock therapy, which is a very aggressive treatment used to temporarily help deeply depressed or suicidal patients.

However, Marie was unsure about the treatment because one of the side effects it causes is memory loss.

Stronger: Marie and daughter Rachel, pictured at the funeral of Michael, hopes to help other women fighting depression

Stronger: Marie and daughter Rachel, pictured at the funeral of Michael, hopes to help other women fighting depression

The source said: 'It was only the fear of being unable to remember the lyrics to her songs onstage that made her change her mind about undergoing shock therapy and toughing it out on her own'.

Marie is set to reveal everything about her darkest days as she releases a tell-all book about her life, including her fight to help her son Michael who took his own life after suffering with depression from the age of 12.

She hopes that the work will help other women battle and overcome depression, but the book has caused problems between her and brother Donny.

Marie's plans to talk about her past have reportedly angered Donny as he doesn't want the world to know every detail of their past.

Family affair: Donny Osmond is not happy about his sister's plans to tell-all in a book

Family affair: Donny Osmond is not happy about his sister's plans to tell-all in a book