Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT)

Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) is a medical procedure where, after administering an anesthetic, a current is passed through the patient’s brain in order to produce a controlled epileptic seizure. Candidates for ECT are usually patients suffering from severe depression, who are either not responding to antidepressive drugs, or who are considered to be acutely suicidal. A main side-effect of ECT is memory loss.