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What are the usual effects of electroconvulsive therapy?

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Dr. James Fox
Psychiatry
2 doctors agree

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. James Fox
Dr. James Fox
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Dr. William Singer
Pediatrics - Neurology

In brief: ECT

Electroconvulsive therapy is used to treat intractable depression.
It aims to reset the brain to a more normal state in those areas contributing to depression. After ECT most individuals experience variable degrees and length of memory loss, emotional flattening, and even confusion.

In brief: ECT

Electroconvulsive therapy is used to treat intractable depression.
It aims to reset the brain to a more normal state in those areas contributing to depression. After ECT most individuals experience variable degrees and length of memory loss, emotional flattening, and even confusion.
Dr. William Singer
Dr. William Singer
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