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How effective is ect in helping clinical depression if meds and talk therapy aren't enough?

11 doctors weighed in
Dr. Robert Thilo
Psychiatry
8 doctors agree

In brief: It depends.

Ect remains controversial for a variety of reasons.
It continues to be a viable treatment in selected situations. The determination of whether to pursue this treatment depends on evaluation by a psychiatrist.

In brief: It depends.

Ect remains controversial for a variety of reasons.
It continues to be a viable treatment in selected situations. The determination of whether to pursue this treatment depends on evaluation by a psychiatrist.
Dr. Robert Thilo
Dr. Robert Thilo
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Dr. Neil Liebowitz
ECT remains the most effective and powerful treatment for severe depression. It has significant side effects and doesn't help every type of depression. Only a psychiatrist could advise if it is appropriate for the type of depression at hand.
Dr. Marilyn Vache
Psychiatry
7 doctors agree

In brief: Still effective!

Ect is still around after 50+ years not because it is easy or popular but because it has a high chance of success in depression.
The more acute and severe the episode the more effective it is, in the range of 60-80%, depending on the diagnosis and related conditions. And it's remarkably safe.

In brief: Still effective!

Ect is still around after 50+ years not because it is easy or popular but because it has a high chance of success in depression.
The more acute and severe the episode the more effective it is, in the range of 60-80%, depending on the diagnosis and related conditions. And it's remarkably safe.
Dr. Marilyn Vache
Dr. Marilyn Vache
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Dr. Donald Haupt
I agree. Especially for a variety of depression called "delusional depression" which is depression accompanied by delusions, such as the belief that one is dying of cancer despite a clean bill of health from the doctor
Dr. Susan Uhrich
Psychiatry
2 doctors agree

In brief: ECT has about

The same success rate that medications do---about 80%.

In brief: ECT has about

The same success rate that medications do---about 80%.
Dr. Susan Uhrich
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