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Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) is one of the oldest methods of depression treatment. Due to the discomfort experienced during therapy, ECT is often reserved for severely depressed patients who fail to respond to other treatment options or who are at immediate risk for suicide.
Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) can cause mild short term memory loss to severe and persistent memory loss.
ECT has a low rate of mortality. However, if you have cardiovascular problems, ECT is not recommended.
Unlike before the 1980s, anesthesia is now used in conjunction with ECT to minimize the physical reactions normally induced by seizures. The muscles are completely relaxed to inhibit convulsions during the procedure.