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Electroconvulsive therapy

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Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT)

Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT) is a physical treatment used for a range of mental illnesses.

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Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT)

Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) is an effective treatment for some severe mental health conditions that are considered life threatening. ECT should only be used with the informed consent of the person being treated. Find more information from trusted sources.

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Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT)

Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT) is a procedure used to treat certain psychiatric conditions. It involves passing a carefully-controlled electric current through the brain, which affects the brains activity and aims to relieve severe depressive and psychotic symptoms.

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Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT)

What is electroconvulsive therapy (ECT)? ECT is a form of medical treatment for severe depression, bipolar disorder and psychotic illnesses such as schizophrenia. It may be recommended when symptoms are severe or other forms of treatment are ineffective. A carefully-controlled electrical current is passed through the brain, affecting the brain’s electrical activity and producing an improvement in depressive and psychotic symptoms

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Electroconvulsive Therapy

Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT) is a procedure used to treat certain psychiatric disorders. It involves passing a carefully-controlled electric current through the brain, which affects the brain’s electrical activity and aims to relieve severe depressive and psychotic symptoms

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Electroconvulsive Therapy - BluePages

In ECT treatment, an electric current is passed into the brain to produce a seizure. The current can be given to one or both sides of the brain.

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Mental Health Review Tribunal - Electro-Convulsive Therapy - (ECT)

Electro convulsive therapy (ECT) is used in the treatment of some types of mental illness, particularly severe depressive illness. In this procedure a general anaesthetic is given to the patient, followed by a muscle relaxing drug. A minimal electric current is then passed through padded electrodes placed on the patients head. The effect of the electric current is to produce convulsions, which are minor due to the use of the muscle relaxant. The treatment lasts for minutes only, and the number of treatments given depends on the nature of the illness. Electro convulsive therapy can only be given by a doctor who is experienced in giving ECT and this doctor must be accompanied by a doctor who is experienced in anaesthetics. ECT can only be given in an approved hospital or place.

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Therapies

Links to trusted information about therapies like cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT), dialectical behaviour therapy (DBT), electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) and family therapy from leading Australian health organisations.

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