Depression: Depression is an illness that is not for one person but for whole family. If one person is depressing the whole family bears the burden. There are ways to cure it-love, time, taking medicines and Electroconvulsive Therapy. Love and time are natural factors and one doesn’t always know what to do and not everyone responds to medicines. So, it takes us to our next option-Electroconvulsive Therapy.

What is ECT?

Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) is a procedure used to treat certain psychiatric conditions. It involves passing a carefully controlled electric current through the brain, which affects the brain’s activity and aims to relieve severe depressive and psychotic symptoms.

ECT! Electroconvulsive therapy!

It’s mainly used if a person is not responding to medications or therapy, postnatal depression or have found it useful in past. Can also be used if someone had a manic episode. Also, it’s used if you’re having a fatal problem, like not eating or something.

ECT Accreditation Service!

The ECT Accreditation Service (run by the Royal College of Psychiatrists) reported on a survey of 78 ECT clinics in England and Wales in 2012-2013. This reported the results of 1895 courses of treatment in 1789 people:

improved (‘minimally’, ‘much’ or ‘very much’): 1712

no change: 113

worse: 28

Even though it’s this great it has a risk like it can cause memory loss which resolves itself in usually three weeks to a month. People have various degree of memory and different reactions to it. For many the side-effect is outweighed by the good and for others it’s very distressing. Due to this side effect it’s only used in case of emergencies and with full understanding and consult of the parties involved.

Not a cure, but a temporary solution

Electroconvulsive Therapy is not a cure, but a temporary solution to a bigger picture! You should provide a lot of love and care for your loved ones. Show them that they have people who love them and will never leave their side. Try not to let it come into picture and most proportion of all-love yourself so that you never fall into depression. Remember-no one out there is great enough to make you feel inferior of yourself. Spread love and stay happy!

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