ECT is a medical treatment known to be effective for many mental disorders and certain serious medical conditions. After general anaesthesia, an electrical current is delivered into the skull through electrodes for a few seconds. This current induces a short brain seizure but does not cause any pain.
It Will Usually Be Suggested If Your Condition Is:
Most people who have ECT see an improvement in their symptoms.
The effects of ECT gradually build with each treatment. It causes the release of certain brain chemicals. These seem to stimulate the growth of some areas in the brain that tend to shrink with depression. ECT also appears to change how parts of the brain which are involved in emotions interact with each other.
There Are Two Ways In Which Ect Is Given: ‘Bilateral’ And ‘Unilateral’.
Preparing for ECT
In the days before your course of ECT is started, your doctor will arrange for some tests to make sure it is safe for you to have a general anesthesia. These may include:
ECT is one part of getting better. Medication will be continued after ECT.
Side Effects Are Usually Mild And Short Term.
Short-Term Side Effects
Immediately After An Ect Treatment, You May Feel:
Rigorous scientific research has not found any evidence of physical brain damage to patients who have had ECT. There is no increased risk of epilepsy, stroke or dementia after ECT
Due to these conditions, the decision to use this therapy is made after a complete physical exam. ECT is given in a treatment room equipped to solve any problems that may arise
Yes. Before receiving treatment, users (or their representative) must provide written consent to authorize ECT and general anesthesia by signing a consent form. The consent must be free (without coercion or pressure) and informed (in the light of all the information). It is a good idea for the user to be accompanied by a relative or anyone who can help him make a decision.