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Electroconvulsive Therapy Side Effects

Posted on April 16, 2011 in ECT Therapy

Electroconvulsive therapy side effects is a great concern for many. Even though there is plenty of controversy regarding it, the APA (American Psychiatric Association) has said that there is no proof that this type of shock therapy causes any kind of brain damage or life threatening risks. Numerous tests and experiments have been performed with no results that support the brain damage claim. However, there are thousands of articles, web posts and even books that claim that this type of shock therapy worked over a period of time. When it comes to this topic the debate seems to go on forever. You may better know electro convulsive therapy (ECT) as electroshock therapy and contrary to many people’s belief and even with the idea of electroconvulsive therapy side effects, it is still a treatment used on patients today.

ECT Side Effects

ECT therapy is used for many different disorders that really affect a person’s mood like depression, bi polar disorder and even seizures. While this type of therapy can be very beneficial to many patients there are still some ect side effects that you should be aware of.

  • Memory loss – One of electroconvulsive therapy side effects could be memory loss of many different types have been commonly reported from patients. Most of the time it is just short term amnesia that occurs right after the procedure itself but there have been a few cases where long and short term memory is affected.
  • Seizures – Yet the treatment for seizures can even cause them but usually it is very rare and only occurs within a few days after the procedure.
  • Hangover feeling – Some patients experience fatigue and nausea after the treatments and typically never last more than a week at the most. If you get the ECT therapy done regularly then you may experience this feeling more so than others.

Electroconvulsive therapy side effects are not very severe and even though there is a ton of controversy about it causing brain damage, there is no scientific proof that causes that. There is a very small risk of death with Electro convulsive therapy (ect therapy) but this only occurs in 1 out of 10,000 patients so the odds are definitely in your favor. Electroshock therapy may be considered to be an outdated or “old” procedure but with it still helping seizure and depression victims, I think it will be around for many more years. The medically advanced treatment that evolved back in 1938 is still a proven, yet slightly dramatic, way to cure many disorders and disease and hopefully with the help of further research we could reduce any electroconvulsive therapy side effects.