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During treatment for bipolar disorder, how often is electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) given?

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ECT is usually given up to three times a week, typically for 2 to 4 weeks. After that, maintenance treatment can continue weekly or monthly, depending on the person's needs.

SOURCES:

National Institute for Mental Health: "Step-BD Women's Studies."

Massachusetts General Hospital Bipolar Clinic & Research Program.

MedicineNet.com: "Bipolar Disorder (Mania)."

American Psychiatric Association: "Practice Guideline for the Treatment of Patients With Bipolar Disorder."

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on March 18, 2019

SOURCES:

National Institute for Mental Health: "Step-BD Women's Studies."

Massachusetts General Hospital Bipolar Clinic & Research Program.

MedicineNet.com: "Bipolar Disorder (Mania)."

American Psychiatric Association: "Practice Guideline for the Treatment of Patients With Bipolar Disorder."

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on March 18, 2019

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