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What if common depression treatments don’t work?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner
If antidepressants and psychotherapy have not improved your depression symptoms, your psychiatrist may suggest electroconvulsive therapy (ECT). ECT changes the brain's chemistry by sending electric currents through the brain to create a brief seizure. In some cases, ECT reverses symptoms of depression. ECT is done under general anesthesia with medication that puts you into a deep, sleep-like state throughout the treatment.

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