ECT is effective in controlling the symptoms of manic and depressive episodes and in preventing relapses, especially for patients with severe bipolar disorder or those who are resistant to medical drug treatment.
ECT is considered to be a generally safe form of treatment with mild and temporary side effects such as temporary memory loss, confusion, headaches, nausea, muscle aches, jaw pain, etc. It is also considered safe to be administered on older adults and pregnant women. However, for people with certain medical conditions, it can be risky; moreover, physical examinations by doctors are always advisable before considering taking ECT treatment.
The number of ECT sessions required depends on the person’s severity of condition, whether other modalities of treatments are effective for the person, and the person’s response to ECT treatment.
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