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 7 4
Depressed mood 4 2
Suicidal thoughts or urges 4 3
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
Severe 1
Moderate 0
Mild 2
None 1

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

Side effect Patients
Headaches 1
Memory loss 1
Memory problems 1
Short term memory problems 1

Dosages

Based on patients currently having Bifrontal Electroconvulsive Therapy ECT

Dosage Patients
every 3 weeks 1
every other week 1
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 4
Usually 0
Sometimes 0
Never taken as prescribed 0
Burden
Burden Evaluations
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
$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.