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what's electronarcosis? does it induces convulsions like electroconvulsive therapy

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Dr. Donald Jacobson
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Electronarcosis: Soviet psychiatrists would run low voltage electricity through a patient's head to induce a sleep state, but not enough to induce a seizure. They apparently thought it had therapeutic benefit ( at least for the state, until they. Got their electric bill :). It is no longer used.

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A 21-year-old member asked:

How can I help someone who is having a seizure?

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Dr. Robert Knox
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 37 years experience
Having A Seizure: Move things away from a person having a seizure to protect them from hitting something. Move the person to a lying position, better to keep the head turned to the side, to protect the airway. If there are any symptoms of airway blockage, gurgling sounds, call 911. Most seizures are not dangerous.
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What is a seizure?

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Dr. Troy Sedlmeyer
Specializes in Family Medicine
Brain hyperactivity: A seizure is an event that occurs when brain cells or neurons become overly active. Another way of describing this is that there is a "short" or inappropriate surge in the electrical activity of the brain.
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What should I consider if there has been only a single seizure?

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Dr. William Goldie
Pediatric Neurology 48 years experience
Normal life.: General rule is that many people will experience only a single seizure in their life. There is often a cause such as toxicity, infection, drug use, injury, etc. If you take good care of your health, recurrent seizures may never occur.
A 33-year-old member asked:

Which kind of memory is disrupted by electroconvulsive therapy?

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Dr. Joseph Quinn
Neurology 31 years experience
Short term memory.: Electroconvulsive therapy for depression has been given a scary reputation in movies, but it is actually an effective therapy which is appropriate in some cases of severe depression. Patients frequently have some memory loss surrounding the time of the procedure, and those memories are not recovered. However, electroconvulsive therapy is not thought to produce progressive memory loss.
Dr. James Fox
Dr. James Fox commented
Psychiatry 14 years experience
That is correct, it will not make it difficult for you to make new memories. Memory loss around the time of treatment is common and to be expected, as with other procedures in which anesthesia is used.
Dec 27, 2011
A 33-year-old member asked:

What's absence seizure?

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Dr. William Goldie
Pediatric Neurology 48 years experience
Phasing out: A seizure involves an episode of abnormal function of the brain associated with abnormal brain electrical activity. If the abnormal function involves just a brief phasing out or lack of awareness, it is referred to as an absence. The eeg recording during the event will define what type of absence as well as duration and portions of the brain involved. A careful description also is important.

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