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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. ...Read more
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! ...Read more
Electroconvulsive: When a person with major depressive disorder does not have an improvement in mood, despite trying conventional antidepressants under a psychiatrist's supervision, electroconvulsant shock therapy may be beneficial. Before trying it, asked your doctor to explain all of the postential short and long term effects. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
Electroconvulsive Tx: Electroconvulsive Therapy uses electrical current to change brain chemistry through seizure activity to treat mood disorders. ...Read more
ECT: Electroconvulsive therapy is basically giving small electrical shocks to your brain. It is kind of like pushing a 'reset' button for your brain. Your doctor can tell you more about it in regards to if it will be beneficial to your condition ...Read more
Positive & Negative: Ect is reserved for the most severe cases. ~ 60% will go into remission, ~20% will respond some, & ~20% will not improve. 50% will relapse in 6mos. Most common immediate side effect is headache. Memory impairment is the most serious side effect but is mitigated by electrode placement. Right unilateral (RUL) is as effective as traditional bilateral placement, but memory is much less affected. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
Retrograde Amnesia: Memory loss w/ ECT is more likely to impair recent memories than ingrained ones. The more "fresh" the memory, the more likely it may be lost. It is not entire loss of memory, but rather "holes" in your memory. For example, you may remember who attended your recent birthday party, but have no recollection of any gifts. Unilateral electrode placement affects memory more than right unilateral. ...Read more
Do they use electroconvulsive therapy in a partial program at a hosp. Is it part of the 12 step program?
ECT: Or electroconvulsive therapy is NOT part of 12 step programs. It may be done for inpatients and many facilities do it on outpatients. Informed consent must be given for this procedure -so it is never just part of a program. ...Read more
Effective treatment: Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) is administered to about 100, 000 people a year. It has been shown in many (but not all) studies to be an effective treatment for severe depression, acute mania, and some schizophrenic symptoms. It is also used with some suicidal patients who would like a quicker effect than is possible with some medications. Memory effects are short-term and very mild. It is safe. ...Read more
Does electroconvulsive therapy just induce one shock or is it a continuous shock or multiple shocks?
1 ECT, 1 Shock: However, ECT is effective only as a course of treatment, i.e. A patient may get 6 or more ects (usually 3 days/week) before target symptoms have improved enough to stop the course. ...Read more
Electronarcosis: Soviet psychiatrists would run low voltage electricity through a patient's head to induce a sleep state, but not enough to induce a seizure. They apparently thought it had therapeutic benefit (at least for the state, until they. Got their electric bill :). It is no longer used. ...Read more
Weigh risks/benefits: Unfortunately, giving you statistics won't be meaningful in the end. There are numbers for acute & chronic treatment w/ varying rates of remission, relapse, and readmission to inpatient services for unipolar depression, bipolar depression, and other illnesses. Some people swear by it. Others are underwhelmed. May be worth at least a trial run. Safely done w/ sedation. Wellbutrin (bupropion) can be very useful ...Read more
Neuromodulation: ECT, VNS (Vagal Nerve Stimulation) and Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation of the brain are safe and effective treatments for brain conditions like major depression. ECT is done with with patient under anesthesia. A small amount of electricity is carefully applied to the scalp as to produce a brief seizure. This can bring someone out of severe depression or mania. Better than Prozac (fluoxetine)? Sometimes. ...Read more
Does the efficacy of a particular electroconvulsive therapy session get impacted if the body is healing from a cut or a bruise at the same time?
No: Unless the cut or bruise interferes with electrode placement. Otherwise there is no effect. But there are some theories that it may facilitate healing of a cut or bruise -- but I'd be skeptical. ...Read more
Is electroconvulsive therapy (ect) illegal in the us? If not are there better treatments available for someone who won't respond to depression treatmen
ECT Is Legal in USA: Ect remains the single most effective treatment for patients suffering from severe major depressive disorder. Outcomes as high as 95% are consistently reported since 1938 when it was first discovered. Unfortunately due to public misconception, and propaganda from certain religious groups, ECT has received a bad reputation. With ECT a depressed, suicidal patient can return to a normal life. ...Read more