A 40-year-old member asked:
What is the experience of electroconvulsive therapy?
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Dr. James Fox answered
13 years experience in Psychiatry
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.
Answered on Sep 8, 2016
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