What is Electroconvulsive Therapy ECT?

Category: Procedures

Most popular types: Bilateral Electroconvulsive Therapy ECT Unilateral Electroconvulsive Therapy ECT Bifrontal Electroconvulsive Therapy ECT

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Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT), also known as electroshock, is most often used as a treatment for severe major depression which has not responded to other treatment, and is also used in the treatment of mania (often in bipolar disorder), catatonia, schizophrenia and other disorders.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Major depressive disorder 131 117
Suicidal thoughts or urges 70 68
Depressed mood 47 41
Bipolar disorder 10 12
Bipolar I disorder 9 6

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

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 42
Moderate 67
Mild 52
None 12

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Electroconvulsive Therapy ECT

Side effect Patients
Memory problems 41
Headaches 33
Short term memory problems 31
Memory loss 26
Memory and cognition problems 13
Loss of short term memory 12

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Dosages

Based on patients currently having Electroconvulsive Therapy ECT

Dosage Patients
monthly 6
every other week 5
weekly 5
2 times a week 4
every 8 weeks 3
m,w,f 3
every 3 weeks 2
every 6 weeks 1
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 138
Usually 15
Sometimes 5
Never taken as prescribed 15
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 45
Somewhat hard to take 64
A little hard to take 39
Not at all hard to take 25
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 24
$100-199 5
$50-99 4
$25-49 0
< $25 48
Not specified 92

What people switch to and from

Patients stopped having Electroconvulsive Therapy ECT and switched to:

Treatment Patients
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10 patient evaluations for Electroconvulsive Therapy ECT

May 9, 2017 (Started Mar 01, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Treat my mood condition(s))
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for suicidal thoughts or urges)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for schizophrenia)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for major depressive disorder)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for hallucinations)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: Weekly
Advice & Tips: Works wbetter hen I have high amps.

Dec 4, 2010 (Started Mar 01, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Treat my mood condition(s))
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for major depressive disorder)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for suicidal thoughts or urges)
  • Side effects
    Severe
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: Weekly
Advice & Tips: Thy said i Wold infect peeple becuz of my crazy.

May 24, 2010 (Started Mar 01, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Treat my mood condition(s))
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for major depressive disorder)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for suicidal thoughts or urges)
  • Side effects
    Mild
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: Weekly
Advice & Tips: This time, when I woke up, I kept seeing the lights flashings. They would go offf, and than on, but nobudy sees it but me. Ate food, thorzine shot, then it stoppd.

Apr 30, 2010 (Started Mar 01, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Treat my mood condition(s))
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for major depressive disorder)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for suicidal thoughts or urges)
  • Side effects
    Moderate
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: Weekly
Advice & Tips: I got lot of rest afterz.

Apr 21, 2010 (Started Mar 01, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Treat my mood condition(s))
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for major depressive disorder)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for suicidal thoughts or urges)
  • Side effects
    Mild
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: Weekly
Advice & Tips: I am feeling good after the buzzing is endeds. thank you.

Apr 9, 2010 (Started Mar 01, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Treat my mood condition(s))
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for major depressive disorder)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for suicidal thoughts or urges)
  • Side effects
    Mild
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: Weekly

Mar 30, 2010 (Started Mar 01, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Treat my mood condition(s))
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for major depressive disorder)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for suicidal thoughts or urges)
  • Side effects
    Moderate
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Very hard to take
Dosage: Weekly

Mar 23, 2010 (Started Mar 01, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Treat my mood condition(s))
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for major depressive disorder)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for suicidal thoughts or urges)
  • Side effects
    Moderate
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: Weekly

  • 1 helpful mark

Jan 15, 2016 (Started Jun 15, 2014)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for suicidal thoughts or urges)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (memory problems)
  • Adherence
    Sometimes
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: 2 times a week
Cost: $200+ monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

Jun 4, 2015 (Started Jun 30, 1988)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for major depressive disorder)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (memory and cognition problems)
  • Adherence
    Sometimes
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 2 times a week
Cost: $200+ monthly

Aug 30, 2007 (Started Jun 30, 1988)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for major depressive disorder)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (memory and cognition problems)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 2 times a week
Cost: $100-199 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks
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