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A 40-year-old member asked:

What is electroconvulsive therapy?

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Dr. Ankush Bansal
Internal Medicine 18 years experience
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 brain. The hope is that the neurotransmitters in the brain will be released in the right ratios to "fix" depression.
Dr. James Fox
Psychiatry 15 years experience
Treats depression: 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 to sleep and paralyzed for about 5 minutes. During this time, an electrical signal causes a seizure which lasts from 20 sec to 2 min. Upon waking, there is some disorientation lasting up to 15 to 30min. Memory loss depends on electrode placement.

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A 32-year-old member asked:

What is the experience of electroconvulsive therapy?

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Dr. James Fox
Psychiatry 15 years experience
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 to sleep and paralyzed for about 5 minutes. During this time, an electrical signal causes a seizure which lasts from 20 sec to 2 min. Upon waking, there is some disorientation lasting up to 15 to 30min. Memory loss depends on electrode placement.
A 37-year-old member asked:

What are the benefits of electroconvulsive therapy?

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Dr. Lawrence Smith
Clinical Psychology 31 years experience
Symptom relief: Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) has improved significantly since its initial development in 1938. It is considered safe and effective, according the the national institute of mental health. The procedure is not painful and patients do not feel any discomfort. The benefits: likely remission of severe depression or other symptoms, and reduced relapse with follow-up treatments.
A 30-year-old member asked:

Is electroconvulsive therapy effective?

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Dr. William Goldie
Pediatric Neurology 49 years experience
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. When done properly, it can have remarkable benefit. If done poorly, is a major problem. Refer to one flew over the cuckoo's nest!
A 49-year-old member asked:

What is electroconvulsive therapy? How does it work?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 26 years experience
Electroconvulsive Tx: Electroconvulsive Therapy uses electrical current to change brain chemistry through seizure activity to treat mood disorders.
A 28-year-old member asked:

Are there risks of electroconvulsive therapy?

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Dr. James Fox
Psychiatry 15 years experience
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 disorientation, and memory impairment. This may be mitigated by electrode placement. Right unilateral has very little memory impairment & recovery is quicker. Some degree of memory loss is common with bilateral placement & may be significant.

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