ECT Treatment According to the Level of Depression
Characteristically the patients are given six to 12 treatments for depression, which are administered two or three times in one week. The sterner the depression, doctors say, the more it is possible that ECT will work.
The current is measured in joules. The highest amount of electricity that is used is 100 joules. Most of the time it's quite a lot lower than what the other patients might be getting at 10 or 15, says Andrew Wiens, an Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Ottawa.
A defibrillator uses approximately 200-300 joules.
According to the Canadian Psychiatric Association, just how ECT works is not very clear. There are number of hypothesis. Doctors say that ECT increases brain-derived neurotrophic aspect, or BDNF, a brain-nourishing chemical that is important for the development and survival of nerve cells.
The most recent studies as well propose that ECT can arouse the growth of new brain cells, or neurons.
Max Fink says that ECT restores hormonal imbalances in the brain.
Fink, a Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry and Neurology at Stony Brook University in New York, has been carrying out research into ECT ever since 1952.
The hormones get imbalanced which in turn make a person feel worthless. A victim does not feel like getting out of bed and feels lethargic almost all the time.
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