What are alternatives to electroconvulsive therapy (ECT)?

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Alternatives to electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) include:
  • Medication
  • Psychotherapy
Your doctor may recommend ECT because these alternatives have been tried and they didn't work. Or, your doctor may feel ECT will work better than these alternatives, based on your situation.

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