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What is electroconvulsive therapy (ECT)?

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Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) is a safe and effective treatment for depression. You’ll get medicine to put you to sleep. A controlled electric current is applied through electrode attached to your scalp. The current causes a brief seizure in the brain. ECT is one of the fastest ways to relieve symptoms in severely depressed or people who are suicidal. It also works very well for mania and other mental illnesses.

SOURCES:

National Institute of Mental Health: "What is Depression?" ''Brain Stimulation Therapies.''

FDA: "The Lowdown on Depression."

American Psychiatric Association, , 2000. Practice Guideline for the Treatment of Patients with Major Depression

American Psychiatric Association. . Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders: DSM-5

Fieve, R, MD. Rodale Books, 2006. Bipolar II,

Connelly, KR. , April 2012. Journal of Clinical Psychiatry

Carpenter, LL. , July 2012. Depression and anxiety

Reviewed by Joseph Goldberg on February 08, 2017

SOURCES:

National Institute of Mental Health: "What is Depression?" ''Brain Stimulation Therapies.''

FDA: "The Lowdown on Depression."

American Psychiatric Association, , 2000. Practice Guideline for the Treatment of Patients with Major Depression

American Psychiatric Association. . Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders: DSM-5

Fieve, R, MD. Rodale Books, 2006. Bipolar II,

Connelly, KR. , April 2012. Journal of Clinical Psychiatry

Carpenter, LL. , July 2012. Depression and anxiety

Reviewed by Joseph Goldberg on February 08, 2017

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