Why electric shock is given to mental patients?

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  • Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) is a procedure, done under general anesthesia, in which small electric currents are passed through the brain, intentionally triggering a brief seizure. ECT seems to cause changes in brain chemistry that can quickly reverse symptoms of certain mental health conditions. ECT often works when other treatments are unsuccessful and when the full course of treatment is completed, but it may not work for everyone.

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Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT), formerly known as electroshock therapy, is a psychiatric treatment in which seizures in the brain (without muscular convulsions) are electrically induced in patients to provide relief from mental disorders.

Extensive research has found ECT to be highly effective for the relief of major depression. Clinical evidence indicates that for individuals with uncomplicated, but severe major depression, ECT will produce substantial improvement in approximately 80 percent of patients. It is also used for other severe mental illnesses, such as bipolar disorder ...

ECT or electroconvulsive therapy when electric shocks are given to extremely depressed people who are not responding to psychiatric medicinal treatment or counseling. When a patient does not eat anything and this leads to nutritional deficiencies.

In current treatment, ECT involves electrodes being placed on the skull, patients given a general anaesthetic and a muscle relaxant, and subsequently, an electrical current is delivered to induce a...

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