What is Bifrontal Electroconvulsive Therapy ECT?

Category: Procedures

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Generic name: Electroconvulsive Therapy ECT

In bifrontal electroconvulsive therapy (ECT), an uncommon variation, the electrode position is somewhere between bilateral (electrodes placed on both sides of the head) and unilateral (both electrodes placed on one side of the head).

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Major depressive disorder 8 4
Suicidal thoughts or urges 5 3
Depressed mood 4 2
Support mental / emotional health 2 0
Bipolar disorder 1 0
Doctor recommendation 1 0

  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations Percentage
Severe 1
Moderate 0
Mild 2
None 1

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Bifrontal Electroconvulsive Therapy ECT

Side effect Patients Percentage
Headaches 1
Memory loss 1
Memory problems 1
Short term memory problems 1
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations Percentage
Always 4
Usually 0
Sometimes 0
Never taken as prescribed 0
Burden
Burden Evaluations Percentage
Very hard to take 1
Somewhat hard to take 0
A little hard to take 2
Not at all hard to take 1
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations Percentage
$200+ 0
$100-199 2
$50-99 0
$25-49 0
< $25 1
Not specified 1
Last updated:
There are no evaluations for Bifrontal Electroconvulsive Therapy ECT.