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Electroconvulsive Therapy -- An Overview
What is Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT)?ECT provides a minor modification in brain activity (small seizure) when a brief electric pulse is applied to the scalp
Why are So many People Afraid of ECT?Although it is estimated that as many as 100,000 patients a year receive ECT and 80% of patients improve with this treatment, negative images still remain in the public domain
Which patients Benefit From ECT?Many patients get relief from ECT when other options fail to address their pain and suffering
ECT is used most often for patients who:
Is Ect Safe?Like any other medical procedure, there are risks associated with ECT; these risks are related to the body’s response to the procedure rather than the electrical current itself.
To minimize these risks:
Does ECT Have any Side Effects?
Most people who have ECT report very few side effects, and these usually subside after completing the ECT course
Most commonly reported ECT side effects:
What can I Expect if Everyone (patient, family, Physician) Agrees that ECT is a Good Option for me?
Prior to the procedure:
The day of the procedure:
During the procedure
After the procedure
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