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Electroconvulsive therapy

Electroconvulsive therapy is more popular as electric shock treatment. This is one of the brain stimulation psychiatric treatment options for the people with treatment resistant major depression. In this procedure controlled electric currents are passed through the brain with intentionally prompting a brief seizure. ECT brings changes in the brain chemistry to reverse the symptoms of depression. Given to patients under general anesthesia.


Advantages:

  • One of the fastest ways to relieve symptoms in severely depressed or suicidal patients
  • Severe mania
  • Treatment resistant depression
  • Catatonia
  • Agitation
  • Severe depression in pregnancy
  • Treatment resistant mania

Disadvantages:

  • Memory loss for few days to few months
  • Confusion for few minutes to few hours after the procedure
  • Nausea, vomiting, muscle spasms, headache, rarely fracture limbs
  • General anesthesia risks