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What are the benefits of electroconvulsive therapy?

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Dr. Lawrence Smith
29 years experience in Clinical Psychology
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.
Answered on Sep 8, 2016
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