What Is Electric Compulsive Therapy?

I came upon this article and found it very interesting and thought I should share.

Electric Compulsive Therapy is known as ECT. It is a procedure, done under general anesthesia, and which small electric currents are path through the brain intentionally triggering a brief shock (seizure). ECT seems to cause changes in brain chemistry that can quickly reverse symptoms of a certain mental health conditions.

ECT often works when other treatments are unsuccessful or when the full course of treatment is completed, but it may not work for everyone.

Much of the stigma attached to ECT is based on early treatment in which high doses of electricity were administered without anesthesia, leading to memory loss, record bones and other serious side effects.

ECT is much safer today. Although ECT makes your car some side effects, it now use an electric current given in a controlled setting YouTube the most benefit with the fewest possible risks.

Why It’s Done

  • Severe Depression, particularly when accompanied by detachment from reality (psychosis), a desire to commit suicide or refusal to eat.
  • Treatment resistant depression, a severe depression that does not improve with medication or other treatments.
  • Severe Mania, A state of intense euphoria, agitation or hyper activity that occurs as part of bipolar disorder. Other side of mania include impaired decision-making, impulsive or risky behavior, substance abuse, and psychosis.
  • Catatonia, characterized by lack of movement, bath or strange movements, lack of speech, and other symptoms. It’s associated with schizophrenia and certain other psychiatric disorders. In some cases catatonia is caused by a medical illness.
  • Agitation and aggression in people with dementia, which can be difficult to treat and negatively affect their quality of life.

ECT may be a good treatment option when medication aren’t tolerated or other forms of therapy haven’t worked.

In some cases ECT is used:

  • During pregnancy, when medication can’t be taken because they might harm the fetus.
  • In older adult who can’t tolerate drug side effects.
  • And people who prefer ECT treatments over taking medication.
  • When ECT has been successful in the past.

The Risks

Although ECT is generally safe, risks and side effects may include:

Confusion. Immediately after treatment you may experience confusion, which can last from a few minutes to several hours. You may not know where you are why are you there. Really confusion can last several days or longer. Confusing if generally more noticeable in older adults.

Memory loss. Some people have trouble remembering events they let her right before the treatment or in weeks or months before treatment or, rarely, from previous years. Condition is called retrograde amnesia. You may also have trouble recalling events that occurred during the weeks of your treatment. For most people, do you have memory problems usually improve within a couple months after treatment ends.

Physical side effects. On the day of an ECT treatment, some people experience nausea, headache, your pain or muscle aches. The generally can be treated with medication.. As with any type of medical procedure especially one that involves anesthesia, there are risks medical complications. During ECT, heart rate and blood pressure increase, and in rare cases, that can lead to serious heart problems. If you have heart problems, If you have heart problems, ECT may be more risky.

Medical complications. As with any type of medical procedure, especially one that involves anesthesia, there are risks of medical complications. During ECT, heart rate and blood pressure increases, and in rare cases, that can lead to serious heart problems. If you have heart problems, ECT may be more risky.

How To Prepare

Before having your first ECT treatment, you’ll need a full evaluation, which usually includes:

  • Medical history
  • Complete physical exam
  • Basic blood tests
  • Electrocardiogram to check your heart health
  • A discussion of the risks of anesthesia

The ECT procedure takes about five or 10 minutes, with added time for preparation and recovery. ECT can be done while you were hospitalized or at an outpatient procedure.

I didn’t think that they did ECT anymore. But I found this article at mayoclinic.org.

I knew a lady that had ECT done years ago. After about 12 treatments she was found on her basement bedroom floor where she had been laying for a week. Unable to get up, unable to eat or drink, confused and disoriented. She told me she knew she had to get herself up and get moving or she would die there.

A word of caution if someone you know is having ECT treatments do not leave them alone, do not assume that they’re going to be just fine.

It was a very traumatic experience for this lady I knew. No one should have to go through what she went through.

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