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When is electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) used to treat depression?

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Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) is a safe and effective treatment for depression. It’s usually given when you have severe depression that hasn’t responded to other therapies. It’s also used if a person is a serious threat to themselves and others and it’s too dangerous to wait until medications start to work.

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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