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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ankush Bansal
16 years experience in Internal Medicine
Resetting brain: Ect is a controlled therapy in which electrical shocks are introduced into both temples to "reset' the brain. A brief seizure is induced to reset the ... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Goldie
47 years experience in Pediatric Neurology
In severe cases: Electroshock therapy is considered as a last ditch treatment for severe depression. It is still available in special centers, but is highly regulated ... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Fox
Dr. James Fox answered
13 years experience in Psychiatry
Several risks: Anesthesia carries a risk including allergy and cardiac arrest but no more so than any other procedure. Ect risks include headache, short term disori ... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Anthony Mosley
23 years experience in Neurology
Yes: Can be very effective for depression, but it is of course a fairly drastic measure with adverse effects.
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Fox
Dr. James Fox answered
13 years experience in Psychiatry
Yes: Every physician takes an oath: "first, do no harm". Ect is traditionally reserved for the most severe and intractable forms of psychiatric illness an ... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lawrence Smith
29 years experience in Clinical Psychology
Symptom relief: Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) has improved significantly since its initial development in 1938. It is considered safe and effective, according the t ... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Fox
Dr. James Fox answered
13 years experience in Psychiatry
Varies: Ect treats depression - about 60% of those who receive treatment are not depressed at the end of treatment. During the procedure, patient's are put t ... Read More
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A 55-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience in Psychiatry
Electroconvulsive Tx: Electroconvulsive Therapy uses electrical current to change brain chemistry through seizure activity to treat mood disorders.
A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Osman Farooq
19 years experience in Pediatric Neurology
ECT: Electroconvulsive therapy is basically giving small electrical shocks to your brain. It is kind of like pushing a 'reset' button for your brain. You ... Read More
A 51-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Fox
Dr. James Fox answered
13 years experience in Psychiatry
Depression + more: Ect is the most potent treatment for both bipolar and major depression. Persons with bipolar depression respond more rapidly, requiring about 1/2 as ... Read More
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