Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) sends an electronic current through the brain. This current causes brief seizure activity. This causes changes in brain chemistry. ECT can reduce symptoms associated several mental health conditions.

The Brain
Color coded brain
During ECT, an electronic current is delivered to the brain.
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ECT is commonly used to treat:

  • Severe depression that does not respond to medication or that causes serious symptoms, like psychosis and suicidal thoughts
  • Schizophrenia
  • Severe mania that does not respond to medication

In some cases, ECT may also be used for other mental or neurological conditions.