How often do people receive electroconvulsive therapy for schizophrenia?

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Douglas E. Severance, MD
Family Medicine
Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) treatment for schizophrenia usually begins to work after two to three sessions. Most people require multiple treatments of ECT before their symptoms start to noticeably improve. Most people participate in ECT treatments three times a week for two to four weeks. To get the full benefit from the treatment, people will need to complete the entire treatment regimen. Upon completion, the person will discuss future schizophrenia treatment with a doctor. Often, the person will need to continue with medications and individual or group therapy, the most effective options to treat schizophrenia. Follow-up ECT treatments may also be scheduled.

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