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Overview

Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT) can be effective in treatment mental health conditions such as Major Depressive Disorder, Schizoaffective disorder, Schizophrenia, Bipolar Disorder, and Catatonia – when conventional methods of treatment are ineffective. There are various benefits to considering ECT treatment such as when – There is an immediate suicide risk, The individual is pregnant and has a mental health condition, Fast-acting treatment is required, The individual wants to be treated without medications, The individual is an older patient and has a mental health condition, The individual has a severe mental health condition. There are potential side effects, which are usually mild and temporary, and these include – headache, light-headedness, nausea, fatigue, memory loss, confusion, etc. The side effects usually last for a few minutes to hours. However, it could take weeks or months for the memory loss to subside for some patients. The types of memory loss could include – learning difficulties, issues with recalling words, long-term or short-term memory loss.

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How effective is ECT for Addiction?

ECT is effective in helping an individual with addiction reduce the symptoms of co-morbid mental health conditions such as depression, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, etc. when conventional treatments have not been effective.

Is ECT for Addiction safe?

ECT is generally considered safe with mild and temporary side effects that resolve over time. However, it may be risky for individuals with medical complications such as heart issues. Moreover, physical examination should be done before considering ECT’s administration.

How many numbers of sessions are required? 

The number of ECT sessions required depends on the severity of the individual’s condition and their response to the treatment sessions.