Electroconvulsive Treatment: Proven Method, Successful Result
Electroconvulsive Therapy creates a rhythmic energy activity in the brain lasting 20-30 seconds with a small amount of electrical current given to the head region. Recurrent treatments allow the brain to return to its old chemical patterns. Moodist Psychiatry and Neurology Hospital is adequately implementing this treatment method, which has no side effects and has smiling clinical results.
Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT) is a treatment method that has been proven to be effective in the field of mental and brain diseases since 1938. The Moodist Medical Team also uses this method, which has the oldest history today, to treat many mental disorders.
During ECT, a small amount of electric current is delivered to the head region. Meanwhile, an average of 20 to 30 seconds of rhythmic electrical activity is generated in the brain. This current causes seizures and affects areas in the brain related to thought, mood, sleep and appetite. Recurrent treatments cause chemical changes in the brain, helping to restore the deteriorating balance to its old chemical functioning.
When is ECT Applied?
Experts at Moodist Psychiatry and Neurology Hospital prefer to apply ECT in the following situations:
- Receiving medication for mental illnesses such as Major Depressive Disorder, Bipolar Disorder (Depressive or Manic Episode), and Psychotic Disorder but not receiving sufficient response to this treatment.
- If other treatment options take a long time.
- If the patient cannot be given medication due to drug side effects or pregnancy.
- If there is a life-threatening risk such as not eating, drinking or suicidal thoughts and tendencies.
- If there has been a good response to ECT in the past.
ECT can be a life-saving treatment that delivers fast and strong results in such patients. ECT corrects symptoms of mental illness. Apart from this, it cannot naturally correct the problems experienced with family, workplace and friends. However, when mental illness improves, patients are able to cope with these problems more effectively.
What are the Side Effects of ECT?
Surprise may occur in some patients after ECT. However, this will improve in a few hours. Recent events, people, address and telephone numbers of the patient may not be remembered. In some patients, this problem resolves in a few weeks, while in others it may take several months. ECT does not cause long-term problems in memory and impaired intellectual capacity, forgetting professional knowledge and general skills. The patient may return to his normal life after a period of treatment.
Is There a Risk of ECT?
ECT under anesthesia is a reliable treatment. Death or injury is unlikely. The death rate is one in fifty thousand. For example, this rate is less than the mortality rate during childbirth. Especially in the elderly and those with high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease or significant physical diseases such as hyperthyroidism, the risk of side effects increases. However, special precautions are taken for each of these before, during and after the treatment at Moodist Psychiatry and Neurology Hospital.
Therefore, ECT is a treatment method frequently preferred by Moodist Psychiatry and Neurology Hospital with its very low side effect and smiling clinical results.
The information on this page has been prepared by the Moodist Psychiatry and Neurology Hospital Medical Team.