A 23-year-old member asked:
Is there an ethics of electroconvulsive therapy?
3 doctor answers • 7 doctors weighed in
Dr. James Foxanswered
Psychiatry 16 years experience
Yes: Every physician takes an oath: "first, do no harm". Ect is traditionally reserved for the most severe and intractable forms of psychiatric illness and is most effective in treating depression. Patients with certain medical conditions are excluded (including heart problems among others) and every patient is given informed consent where the benefits and risks of treatment are explained.
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Dr. Idan Sharonanswered
Neurology 30 years experience
ECT: Ect is done today in an ethical and safe manner. It received a "bad name" in the past through movies and the way it may have been done decades ago. It is effective and a good option.
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Dr. Brian Lynchanswered
Family Medicine 40 years experience
Electroshock: The straightforward answer is the ethics of a physician dictates that you choose the best and most appropriate therapy , to the best of your knowledge, to treat your patient. You first "do no harm."i.
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A 40-year-old member asked:
What is electroconvulsive therapy?
2 doctor answers • 4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Ankush Bansalanswered
Internal Medicine 16 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.
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