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Electroconvulsive therapy is a treatment for depression that uses electricity to trigger a seizure.

Alternative Names

Shock treatment; ECT

How the test is performed

Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) is most often done in a hospital's operating or recovery room while you are asleep and pain-free (general anesthesia).

  • You receive medicine to relax you (muscle relaxant) and to prevent you from feeling pain (short-acting anesthetic).
  • A small amount of electric...
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