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Douglas Severance, Family Medicine, answeredImmediately after electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) therapy treatment for schizophrenia, many people will feel tired, confused, or disoriented. This feeling may last for several minutes or up to several hours. The person will rest in a recovery room. Some people will feel better and return to their normal activities more quickly than others. Older people often need more recovery time. Sometimes, people will experience temporary loss of memory after their ECT treatment that may last for a few weeks or months. Other feelings that can occur after ECT include nausea, aches, pains, and muscle spasms. However, medications can provide quick relief for these symptoms.