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Which kind of memory is disrupted by electroconvulsive therapy?

Which kind of memory is disrupted by electroconvulsive therapy?

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

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Electroconvulsive Therapy (Definition)

Passing electricity through the brain to improve depression, and previously, many other conditions, ...Read more


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Has anyone ever done electroconvulsive therapy and retained memory?

Has anyone ever done electroconvulsive therapy and retained memory?

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

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What is electroconvulsive therapy?

What is electroconvulsive therapy?

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

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Is electroconvulsive therapy effective?

Is electroconvulsive therapy effective?

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

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Are there risks of electroconvulsive therapy?

Are there risks of electroconvulsive therapy?

Yes: Although electroconvulsive therapy is generally performed under general anesthetic, the brain may still be damaged. In fact memory loss is a common side-effect. Other cognitive changes may occur. ...Read more

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Is electroconvulsive therapy (ect) effective?

Is electroconvulsive therapy (ect) effective?

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

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Is there an ethics of electroconvulsive therapy?

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

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What are the benefits of electroconvulsive therapy?

What are the benefits of electroconvulsive therapy?

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

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What is the experience of electroconvulsive therapy?

What is the experience of electroconvulsive therapy?

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

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What is electroconvulsive therapy? How does it work?

What is electroconvulsive therapy? How does it work?

Electroconvulsive Tx: Electroconvulsive Therapy uses electrical current to change brain chemistry through seizure activity to treat mood disorders. ...Read more

Dr. Bennett Machanic
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