Is ECT used to treat mixed states of bipolar disorder?

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Donna Hill Howes, RN
Family Medicine
Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) is used for bipolar symptoms and is highly effective for mixed states. It may be useful for bipolar treatment when medications and psychotherapy have been tried and do not work. In the past few years, ECT has been found to greatly relieve the symptoms of severe bipolar disorder when all other treatments failed. Before someone undergoes ECT, they take a muscle relaxant and are given anesthesia, which lasts a brief time. The person does not feel the electrical impulse given to the brain with ECT. This ECT treatment lasts around 30 to 90 seconds.

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