Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) is a technique that has been used since 1938 to treat several psychiatric disorders as a replacement for chemically induced seizures. Despite its history of stigma, controversy and low accessibility, ECT is found to be beneficial and efficient in severe cases of depression where medication fails to bring results. This article in Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine aimed to summarise the research conducted on the efficacy of ECT on major depressive disorder and variables studied such as technique, comorbidities and medication as well as the effects and outcomes of this procedure.
Efficacy of electroconvulsive therapy as a potential first-choice treatment in treatment-resistant depression (9 September 2021) https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC8461517/
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