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ECT: Electroconvulsive therapy

  • Electroconvulsive therapy (known as ECT) is a treatment to help the brain regulate mood. The patient is given a general anesthesia to sleep during the treatment. The psychiatrist gives a brief electrical stimulation to the brain.

    ECT has been shown to help more than 70 percent of patients who use it as part of their therapy.

    ECT may be right for you if medicine or psychotherapy does not work, if they are too slow to relieve your symptoms, or if you previously had successful response to ECT treatments.

    Treatments may be given if you are staying in the hospital (inpatient) or coming from home (outpatient).

    ECT is given under general anesthesia that will make you sleepy. You will be unaware during the procedure.

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  • Inpatient and outpatient

    ECT treatments may be given if you are staying in the hospital (inpatient) or coming from home (outpatient).