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Overview

ECT nowadays is a generally safe procedure which is administered by attaching electrodes on the scalp of the patient and giving electrical stimulation to the brain, which induces a brief seizure. The patient is given general anaesthesia before the procedure and medications that helps them relax their muscles. The ECT seizure lasts for about 30 seconds to a minute, after which the person wakes up, and is able to resume their daily activities within an hour’s span, although it is advisable for them to avoid driving for 24 hours.
The side effects experienced after the procedure are usually mild and temporary. These include nausea, headaches, memory loss, confusion, and muscle soreness.
ECT is to be considered as a form of treatment only when even after having tried various non-drug approaches and medications the patient continues experiencing severe emotional distress and is physically out of control. A doctor will take into account the patient’s medical history and other diagnoses and conduct various physical evaluations to ensure that ECT is safe to be performed on your loved one.
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How does ECT work?

The person is given a general anaesthesia and medications for relaxing muscles. Electrodes are attached on the scalp of the person’s head, and low electric current is passed in order to induce a brief seizure, which lasts up to a minute, after which the person wakes up and is functional again.

What are the benefits of ECT for Alzheimer’s?

The benefits of ECT for Alzheimer’s include reduced agitation, aggression, and symptoms of depression in cases when medications and talk therapy are not effective.

How many numbers of sessions are required?

It depends on the severity of the patient’s symptoms and how they are responding to the ECT treatment.