What you needto know aboutElectroconvulsiveTherapy (ECT)
Electroconvulsive therapy or ECT is a treatment perormedunder the direct supervision o a psychiatrist. Thepsychiatrist is assisted by an anaesthetist and a team onurses. During ECT a small electrical current is appliedto the scalp, which induces a seizure. The eectivenesso ECT in severe mental illness is recognised by the RoyalAustralian and New Zealand College o Psychiatrists andsimilar organisations in the USA, Canada, Britain and manyother countries.
Benefits of eCt
ECT seems to work quicker and more eectively than drugsor some mental disorders. ECT will not cure you. I ECT isrecommended, it is expected that ECT will help your currentepisode o illness and may help maintain improvement.
How does eCt work?
The brain unctions by complex electrical and chemicalprocesses, which may be impaired by certain types omental illness. It is believed ECT acts by temporarily alteringsome o these processes, thereby returning unctiontowards normal.
wHen is eCt used?
The decision to use ECT is based upon a thoroughphysical and psychiatric evaluation, taking into accountyour illness, degree o suering, expected result andprognosis (outlook) i ECT is not given. ECT is used orsevere depression, mania and schizophrenia, and whencounselling and drugs are ineective.