electroconvulsive therapy


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Recent Examples on the Web It can be measured by the 60 electroconvulsive therapy treatments, the 11 hospital stays or seven therapists. USA Today, "Thousands of messages show what it really means to help someone who’s suicidal," 14 Sep. 2020 In cases that don’t respond to therapy or meds, electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) — electrical shocks that stimulate the brain while the patient is under anesthesia — can help some people find relief from symptoms. Marisa Cohen, Good Housekeeping, "How to Help Someone With Bipolar Disorder," 23 Apr. 2020 Carol and Anna both undergo electroconvulsive therapy, and Carol has sporadic access to talk therapy. Alexis Soloski, New York Times, "Review: In ‘Anatomy of a Suicide,’ Pain in Triplicate," 18 Feb. 2020 The movement, driven by academic researchers and current and former mental health patients, rejects many psychiatric diagnoses and practices, including electroconvulsive therapy, seclusion therapy, and the prescribing of medication. Julia Carmel, BostonGlobe.com, "Bonnie Burstow, psychotherapist who rejected psychiatry, dies at 74," 2 Feb. 2020 The movement, driven by academic researchers and current and former mental health patients, rejects many psychiatric diagnoses and practices, including electroconvulsive therapy, seclusion therapy and the prescribing of medication. Julia Carmel, New York Times, "Bonnie Burstow, Psychotherapist Who Rejected Psychiatry, Dies at 74," 31 Jan. 2020 The treatment is less invasive than electroconvulsive therapy, which works by inducing seizures in patients under anesthesia. CBS News, ""I have so much hope": How deep transcranial magnetic stimulation changed one woman's life," 23 Oct. 2019 But trouble is on the horizon, and before long Dr. Madden (Aladdin Jesse Demps, in a warm performance) is prescribing electroconvulsive therapy. Matthew J. Palm, orlandosentinel.com, "CFCArts opens season with moving, well-cast ‘Next to Normal’ | Review," 16 Sep. 2019 Research also suggests that electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) may be helpful for schizophrenia that isn’t responding well to other treatments. Nina Bahadur, SELF, "9 Facts to Know About Schizophrenia, Which Is Way Too Misunderstood," 15 Sep. 2018

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Medical Definition of electroconvulsive therapy

: the treatment of mental illness and especially depression by the application of electric current to the head of a usually anesthetized patient that induces unconsciousness and convulsive seizures in the brain abbreviation ECT

called also electric shock, electric shock therapy, electroshock therapy

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