Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT)
What is ECT?
ECT (Electroconvulsive Therapy) is a treatment that involves sending an electric current through the brain to trigger an epileptic seizure to relieve the symptoms of some mental health problem.
The treatment is given under a general anaesthetic and using muscle relaxants, so that your muscles only twitch slightly, and your body does not convulse during the seizure.
What problems can ECT treat?
ECT is mainly used if you:
- have severe, life-threatening depression
- have not responded to medication or talking treatments
- have found it helpful in the past and have asked to receive it again
- have severe postnatal depression