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A 37-year-old member asked:

After electroconvulsive therapy can he tell me his experience?

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Dr. Steven Reidbord
Psychiatry 38 years experience
No: Ect is administered under anesthesia. The person is "asleep" at the time and cannot later report what the actual ECT was like. Also, ECT produces a grand mal seizure, so even without anesthesia, the person would not be conscious at the time. Of course, the person who received ECT could tell about his experience just before and after the treatment itself, and may appreciate your interest.
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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 16 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.
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