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How electroconvulsive therapy (ect) work and is it better than prozac (fluoxetine)?

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Dr. Eric Weisman
Neurology 38 years experience
Neuromodulation: ECT, VNS (Vagal Nerve Stimulation) and Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation of the brain are safe and effective treatments for brain conditions like major depression. ECT is done with with patient under anesthesia. A small amount of electricity is carefully applied to the scalp as to produce a brief seizure. This can bring someone out of severe depression or mania. Better than Prozac (fluoxetine)? Sometimes.
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Last updated Sep 28, 2016

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