Johns Hopkins Psychiatry Guide

Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT)

Paul Nestadt, M.D., Yelena Gimelshteyn, M.D., Irving M. Reti, M.B.B.S.
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  • Electroconvulsive therapy is a well-studied and long-established treatment for Major Depression and other psychiatric conditions, utilizing electrical current to induce controlled seizures in patients under general anesthesia.
  • Stigma and crude, outdated media portrayals may contribute to underutilization of ECT.

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Last updated: May 10, 2015