Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT)
Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) is a therapeutic medical procedure used to treat psychiatric conditions including severe depression, mania and schizophrenia. It is performed under general anaesthesia and involves the use of a brief, controlled electrical current to induce a seizure within the brain. This seizure causes chemical changes within brain which results in quick and significant alleviation of severe psychiatric symptoms. ECT is a safe and effective procedure that often works when other treatments have been unsuccessful.