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ECT Brochure

ECT Brochure

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Published by Ayedh Alkhadem
Describes what every one needs to know about electroconvusive therapy
Describes what every one needs to know about electroconvusive therapy

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Published by: Ayedh Alkhadem on Jan 14, 2011
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What you needto know aboutElectroconvulsiveTherapy (ECT)
Electroconvulsive therapy or ECT is a treatment perormedunder 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 eectivenesso 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 eectively than drugsor 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 omental 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 suering, expected result andprognosis (outlook) i ECT is not given. ECT is used orsevere depression, mania and schizophrenia, and whencounselling and drugs are ineective.

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