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What is the drawback of electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) in treating?

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ECT works quickly, which is why it's often the treatment of choice for people with highly severe, psychotic, or suicidal depression. For these people, waiting for antidepressants or therapy to work might be dangerous. However, the drawback is that the effects of ECT usually don't last, and further treatments will likely be necessary.

ECT is never used on someone who doesn't want it.

SOURCES: American Psychiatric Association, , 2000. Cadieux, R.J., , December 1998. Compton M.T., , Psychiatry II, 2003. Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance: "Finding Peace of Mind: Treatment Strategies for Depression and Bipolar Disorder" and "Guide to Depression and Bipolar Disorder." Fochtmann, L.J. and Gelenberg, A.J., , Winter, 2005. Folkerts, H.W., , 1997. Glass R.M., , March 14, 2001. Keller, M.B., , 2005. Stimmel, G., , July 2002.








Practice Guideline for the Treatment of Patients with Major DepressionAmerican Family PhysicianACP MedicineFocusActa Psychiatrica ScandanaviaJAMAJournal of Clinical PsychiatryPsychiatric Times

Reviewed by Joseph Goldberg on May 11, 2018

SOURCES: American Psychiatric Association, , 2000. Cadieux, R.J., , December 1998. Compton M.T., , Psychiatry II, 2003. Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance: "Finding Peace of Mind: Treatment Strategies for Depression and Bipolar Disorder" and "Guide to Depression and Bipolar Disorder." Fochtmann, L.J. and Gelenberg, A.J., , Winter, 2005. Folkerts, H.W., , 1997. Glass R.M., , March 14, 2001. Keller, M.B., , 2005. Stimmel, G., , July 2002.








Practice Guideline for the Treatment of Patients with Major DepressionAmerican Family PhysicianACP MedicineFocusActa Psychiatrica ScandanaviaJAMAJournal of Clinical PsychiatryPsychiatric Times

Reviewed by Joseph Goldberg on May 11, 2018

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