Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT)
The Benefits of Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT)
Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT) is a procedure in which a small amount of electrical current is sent to the brain. This current induces a seizure that affects the entire brain, including the parts that control mood, appetite and sleep. ECT is an extremely effective form of treatment. It is often safer than no treatment at all.
Frequently Asked Questions
How effective is ECT for most patients?
Those with mild to severe depression, respond favorably to treatments 80-90% of the time.
How long does the ECT procedure take?
Once asleep, the procedure can take up to 8 minutes and can be done as an outpatient service.
Who May Benefit from ECT
ECT may be an appropriate treatment option for patients who:
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