FAQs on Electro convulsive Therapy
Electro convulsive therapy is a type of treatment in which we pass electric pulse through temple of brain for less than a second Under general anesthesia. It has shown to improve few of psychiatric illness.
The immediate side effects of the procedure may include:
- Headaches, which are commonly relieved with medication.
- Muscle aches: These tend to occur in the first and second treatments and tend to resolve thereafter.
- Disorientation and confusion: Some patients develop memory problems associated with ECT. Memories developed around the time of ECT have a greater chance of not being recalled while those formed long before ECT generally are not altered. The ability to form new memories can be impaired during and after an acute series of ECT treatments but this ability makes a full recovery in about 2 weeks from the last treatment.
Generally, ECT is given three times a week for a total of eight to twelve sessions. Some patients may need more or fewer treatments.
A single ECT session is usually one hour long. This covers the time spent in the treatment room (about 15-20 minutes) as well as the time spent in the recovery room (approximately 20-30 minutes).
False information is spread about ECT from movies and old methods of ECT. Movies shows ECT given to conscious patients many times in a day. Its dramatization make it look scary. It was once used by Nazis as experimental method for brainwashing. All these data make it look barbaric. current use of ECT is for therapeutic purpose under general anaesthesia. Beside electric pulse passed is for less than second as opposed to many minutes shown in movies. Standard international protocol of twice or thrice weekly is mostly adhered by all psychiatrist. pre aesthetic check-up and fasting make it one of safe alternative treatment for many patients.
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