Electroconvulsive Therapy

Updated: 1/31/2019
Electroconvulsive Therapy

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Friday, Feb 1, 2019

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  • Electroconvulsive Therapy
  • Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) is a procedure, done under general anesthesia, in which small electric currents are passed through the brain, intentionally triggering a brief seizure.
  • ECT is used to treat Severe depression, Treatment-resistant depression,Severe mania, Catatonia, and Agitation and aggression in people with dementia.
  • where am I?..
  • Risks of the surgery may include confusion, physical pain, memory loss and even complications from surgery that may lead to serious heart problems ( heart rate and blood pressure increase)
  • I feel sick...
  • What happens during ECT?
  • When your muscles are relaxed, the doctor presses a button on the ECT machine.
  •  "This causes a small amount of electric current to pass through the electrodes to your brain, producing a seizure that usually lasts less than 60 seconds."