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How can electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) help with treating bipolar depression?

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If all else fails, or if symptoms are especially severe, doctors may recommend electroconvulsive therapy (ECT). It helps nearly 75% of the patients who are given this treatment. Two treatments called vagus nerve stimulation (VNS) and repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS) are also being studied as a treatment for bipolar depression.

From: Bipolar Disorder Treatment Overview WebMD Medical Reference

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National Institute of Mental Health: "Step-BD Womens Studies." 

Massachusetts General Hospital Bipolar Clinic & Research Program. 

MedicineNet: "Bipolar Disorder (Mania)." 

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

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Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on November 08, 2017

SOURCES:

National Institute of Mental Health: "Step-BD Womens Studies." 

Massachusetts General Hospital Bipolar Clinic & Research Program. 

MedicineNet: "Bipolar Disorder (Mania)." 

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

Sonovion Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on November 08, 2017

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