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electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) - Overview, Techniques and equipment, Side effects and complications, Effectiveness, Current use, Informed consent, Involuntary ECT


A treatment for patients with severe psychiatric disorders, in which a convulsion is produced by passing a low-level electric current through the brain of an anaesthetized patient. The technique is mainly used in severe depression and schizophrenia not treatable by any other means.

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