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A 23-year-old female asked:

Does electroconvulsive therapy just induce one shock or is it a continuous shock or multiple shocks?

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Dr. Dheeraj Raina
Psychiatry 31 years experience
1 ECT, 1 Shock: However, ECT is effective only as a course of treatment, i.e. A patient may get 6 or more ects (usually 3 days/week) before target symptoms have improved enough to stop the course.
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Dr. Neil Liebowitz
Psychiatry 41 years experience
ECT is the most effective tx for severe depression. A brief 30-60 seizure in the brain is necessary to stimulate multiple neurotransmitters as well as cause an anticonvulsant effects. As with meds it needs repeated tx (doses) over time to work. Pts are asleep and paralyzed so no convulsion is needed (not like in the movies). As with anyone who has had a seizure, short term memory loss is temp.
Feb 17, 2014

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