Is Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT) Still Used to Treat Depression?

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ECT or Electroshock Therapy is very effective in fact it is the most effective treatment where for treating depression they also treating depression, capetoniam with it status epileptic just going through our epilepsy but it's mainly used for treatment and [xx] depression and you have bilateral ECT and unilateral the new form of unilateral ECT is almost as effective as bilateral with less side effects and the big problem with ECT is the side effects such as memory problems now the memory problems that you see is either two types.

One is called antrograde amnesia, that is the [xx] learn events during and after the treatment that you see in almost all the patients and cancer complete almost complete the results. The more concerning, try to memory loss is retrogriven into loss of memory for [xx] that can be significant in one to 200, or one to 300 people, most will have a little bit of it but not to the point where it's problematic.

But you don't want it too high so it can be significant. The other issue with ECT while it's treatment is done under general anesthesia. And it's done in a very humane way, not like what's out there in popular media, done in-patient [xx] but it is [xx] process. The third issue is the relapse rate, so there is a pattern like where the treatment was occasioned and the issue with the time limit treatments.

Like three to four treatments a week, for like four to six weeks and once you stop it, relapse rates could be very high, 50-60% unless you do continuation ECT, but when you do continuation ECT you have to bear in mind that the risk of memory problems can be something that needs to be addressed.