When is electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) recommended?

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Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) may be recommended to treat severe depression, bipolar disorder, or certain other mental illnesses in these situations:
  • When you've tried medication, but it has not worked
  • When your symptoms are too dangerous or difficult to wait for medication to work (for example, a strong desire for suicide)
  • When medication side effects must be avoided, such as during pregnancy

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