Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) is a procedure that uses electric currents to trigger brief, controlled seizures in the brain. ECT is a noninvasive procedure that has been proven effective in helping many patients alleviate symptoms from major depressive disorder, anxiety, psychosis, bipolar disorder and neuroleptic malignant syndrome.
ECT is commonly used when other conventional treatments like medications and psychotherapy are not working. It is also used as a rapid treatment response for people in more severe situations, such as those at risk for suicide.
This treatment is recognized by medical professionals and many patients have shown positive results in their mental health status.
Treatment sessions generally occur three times per week, over the course of 5-6 weeks. The treatment will be administered under general anesthesia and is both safe and noninvasive. The procedure lasts 2-3 minutes. Patients awaken a few minutes after the treatment session is completed. According to sane.org, about 70-90% of individuals who receive ECT treatment report an improvement in their condition.
Modern ECT is safe and effective. Minor risks and potential side effects include:
• Muscle soreness
• Slight memory loss
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Dr. David Gonzalez
Dr. Richard Rothman
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