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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.

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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What is electroconvulsive therapy? How does it work?

What is electroconvulsive therapy? How does it work?

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

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Which conditions does electroconvulsive therapy treat?

Which conditions does electroconvulsive therapy treat?

Shock therapy: Electroconvulsive treatment has been shown to help medication resistant depression.

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What are the usual effects of electroconvulsive therapy?

What are the usual effects of electroconvulsive therapy?

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.

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After electroconvulsive therapy can he tell me his experience?

After electroconvulsive therapy can he tell me his experience?

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.

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What to do if I have a question regarding electroconvulsive therapy?

What to do if I have a question regarding electroconvulsive therapy?

Schedule a consult: You could schedule a consult w/ someone trained to administer ECT. Or you could open the discussion with your psychiatrist. A very brief introduction can be found at: http://academicdepartments. Musc. Edu/psychiatry/research/bsl/ect. Htm

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What are your thoughts on electroconvulsive therapy for treating MDD?

What are your thoughts on electroconvulsive therapy for treating MDD?

It can be very: Effective in the treatment of severe, recalcitrant depression. It is also a safe option for elderly patients who may not be able to tolerate antidepressant medications.

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Do they use electroconvulsive therapy in a partial program at a hosp. Is it part of the 12 step program?

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.

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What can electroconvulsive therapy (ect) do for the patient who recieves it?

What can electroconvulsive therapy (ect) do for the patient who recieves it?

ECT: Is highly safe and effective for major depression bipolar disorders severe psychosis catatonia dementia with depression or mania etc.

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