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Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT)

For certain patients with severe mental health conditions and symptoms, including depression, mania, and dementia, ECT can provide significant and rapid improvements, especially when other medications or forms of therapy have not worked.

Performed under general anesthesia, ECT passes small electric currents through the brain, which causes changes in brain chemistry that can rapidly reverse symptoms of certain mental illnesses.

Although ECT is generally safe, there are some risks and side effects, which you can discuss with your provider.