Biological Theraphies - Treating Abnormality

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Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT)

  • only used in severe cases of depression which do not respond to drugs.
  • ECT involves passing a small electric current through the brain.
  • Usually consists of 6-12 treatements given no more than 2-3 times a week
  • patient is under general anesthetic and a given muscle relaxant
  • brain is stimulated using electrodes placed on the head with a bried controlled series of electrical pulses
  • this causes a seizure within the brain lasting about a minute
  • after 5-10 minutes the patient regains conciousness
  • there are two types:


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