AQA AS Psychology- ECT Therapy

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  • Created by: Ruth Butt
  • Created on: 26-05-13 13:46

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Patient recieves anaesthetic and muscle relaxant to prevent fracture when the muscles contract. Also oxygen to aid breathing. Can either have unilateral ECT where one electrode is placed on the temple of the non-dominant side and the other on the forehead, or bilateral ECT, where where one electrode is placed on each temple. A small current of 10-30 amps is passed through the brain for half a second producing a seizure which can last up to a minute. Is usually given 3…

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