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How effective is electroconvulsive therapy (ECT)?

Studies show that electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) is helpful 70% to 90% of the time, but each person's experience is unique. The response to ECT can differ in two ways:
  • The degree of improvement. The treatments may bring a full recovery, a partial recovery, or in some cases, no benefit at all.
  • The duration of improvement (how long recovery lasts). The benefits of ECT may last for years or they may disappear in a matter of weeks. After a series of ECT treatments, your doctor may prescribe medication to help prevent symptoms from returning.

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