Electroconvulsive therapy


You will find that when you get treated for bipolar disorder that you are able to get many different types of treatments. You will most likely be put on some medication and then you will want to join group therapy or just see someone that you can talk to and let out all of your frustrations, however, there are some people who need to go to the hospital to get help.

You will find that when it comes to the hospital that you may be given ECT or electroconvulsive therapy. This is also called shock therapy. This is when the lithium does not help, and some people even think that it is safer than to be on the medications like lithium. You will find that there are many benefits when you take ECT as a treatment.

It is very helpful for those who cannot wait for the medications to kick in. These people need to be highly medicated so that they can get a grasp on life and on the disorder. This is something that many people go through when they are first being diagnosed. In addition, you will find that there are patients with extreme mania; you will notice that this is among the elderly patients. If you have problems with the depressive phase and suffer suicidal thoughts.

This is where you will want to get the ECT treatment to help you get to control yourself. You will find that there are just people who prefer to be on the ECT treatment rather than meds or anything else, especially those who are pregnant. You can't take the medications when you are expecting, but you can do ECT. That also goes for anyone who can not take the drugs for medical problems like heart disease.

When it comes to the side effects of the disorder, you will find that there are things like temporary confusion, memory lapses, muscle soreness, heart disturbances, nausea, and headaches. You will find that this is a treatment that the FDA has approved as a treatment, but you will also find that it has some effects on the brain.

There is no evident shown for permanent cell damage, however, you will notice that there are effects that are temporary. In addition, these side effects tend to be rare, although, you can get them. The way that you react to such treatments depends on the person.

You will want to talk to your doctor and see if ECT is right for you. You do not want to go through something like this without knowing your options. Talk to your doctor and see what is best for you. You will also want to talk to the doctor to see what type of side effects that you should expect from the treatment, however, it's anyone's guess on how you could react, but you will feel better knowing all the possible things that you should begin to expect.


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