Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT): Treating Severe Depression
Published on Dec 31, 2014 – Depression is a very common and highly disabling medical condition. Severe depression can be deadly, resulting in suicide and increased mortality from other illnesses. Although medications and psychotherapy are effective treatments for many patients with depression, treatment-resistant depression (TRD) affects millions of patients worldwide. Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) remains the most effective treatment for severe depression and TRD. This video provides an introduction to ECT for patients, family members and clinicians that may be considering this treatment option.
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Electroconvulsive shock therapy
Mary has severe depression to the point of suicide. She does not respond to drug therapy. She and people like her are often helped with electroconvulsive shock therapy.