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if you are taking ect, how do you take it? once a week? and for how long?

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Dr. Edward Kuhnley
Child Psychiatry 45 years experience
Electroconvulsive: Therapy (ECT) performed by specialists under general anesthesia passes electric currents through the brain triggering a brief seizure to cause changes in brain chemistry that can quickly reverse symptoms of certain severe mental illnesses. Ect treatments are generally given 2-3x weekly for 3-4 weeks for a total of 6-12 treatments. Careful evaluation determines necessity. Best regards.
Dr. Alan Koenigsberg
Psychiatry 42 years experience
Three times weekly : The standard practice for ECT in a patient with major depression is three times weekly for one month, giving twelve treatments. The patient is usually in the hospital for that entire month, to ensure safety, and monitor their progress. If ECT is given afterwards as follow up, it is sometimes done on an outpatient basis, a few times every six months.

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