Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) is a medical procedure sometimes used to treat severe cases of depression that don’t respond to therapy or medication. ECT may be used to treat depression characterized by suicidal thoughts, detachment from reality, or anorexia. ECT may also be considered as treatment for depression in pregnant women or other people who want to avoid taking antidepressant medications.
What does it involve?
ECT involves using a controlled electrical current to induce a brief seizure. The procedure is performed under general anesthesia and the effects of a muscle relaxant, ensuring that the patient is unaware of the seizure and feels no pain. The ... read more