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What are the side effects of ECT for bipolar disorder?

Donna Hill Howes, RN
Family Medicine
Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) has few side effects, although temporary memory loss and confusion might occur immediately after the treatment. These side effects are short-term. Most people who undergo ECT for bipolar disorder recover quickly (in 5 to 15 minutes) and go home the same day.

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