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What is electroconvulsive therapy?

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Doctors use it to treat severe depression. They also use it to treat other mental illnesses like schizophrenia. Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) is one of the fastest and most effective ways to relieve symptoms in severely depressed or suicidal people or those who have mania or other mental illnesses. In schizophrenia, ECT can help with a syndrome called catatonia, an illness in which your body becomes rigid and can't be moved. Doctors may also use ECT to ease other symptoms of schizophrenia, like delusions, hallucinations, or disorganized thinking.

SOURCES: 

Rabheru, K.   Feb. 9, 2012.  J. ECT.

Petrides, G.  published online, July 29, 2011. Neuropsychobiology, 

Cleveland Clinic: “Schizophrenia.”

Reviewed by Jennifer Casarella on March 13, 2020

SOURCES: 

Rabheru, K.   Feb. 9, 2012.  J. ECT.

Petrides, G.  published online, July 29, 2011. Neuropsychobiology, 

Cleveland Clinic: “Schizophrenia.”

Reviewed by Jennifer Casarella on March 13, 2020

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