There are many times when a mentally ill patient must go through pain to help himself. Electro Convulsive Therapy is one such therapy, which is used at Cadabam’s Hospitals to help those with acute mental conditions such as bipolar disorder, major depressive disorder, and schizophrenia.
In this therapy seizures are induced in the patient through electric shock to control acute conditions of schizophrenia, mania and catatonia.
Benefits of ECT:
ECT works for many people when drugs or psychotherapy are ineffective. There are typically fewer side effects than with medications.
ECT works quickly to relieve psychiatric symptoms. Depression or mania may resolve after only one or two treatments. In contrast, many medications require weeks to take effect. Therefore, ECT can be especially beneficial for those who are suicidal, psychotic or catatonic.
According to an article published in the Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine, 83% of depressed patients who did not respond to other treatments did improve after ECT. In addition, patients who are treated with ECT have a 49% remission rate.