Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT): A Safe Treatment Option for Severe Depression - MedCircle

Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT): A Safe Treatment Option for Severe Depression

4 Sessions

ECT has come a long way from its more “barbaric” days. Understand its misconceptions & its astounding effectiveness in this enlightening series.

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4 Sessions

ECT has come a long way from its more “barbaric” days. Understand its misconceptions & its astounding effectiveness in this enlightening series.

Become a MedCircle Insider

  • Access 50+ In-Depth Series
  • Ask Our Doctors Live — Every Week

About the Series

Those suffering from the severest forms of mental illness like treatment-resistant depression are completely shut down by their illness. Many can barely function well enough to care for loved ones, work a job, or even maintain personal hygiene.

When a debilitating mental health disorder is not getting better with treatment, it’s so difficult for the person suffering - or their loved ones - to understand what to do next.

Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) may be the answer. This treatment has come an extremely long way from its more barbaric days.

In this enlightening series, seasoned psychiatrist Dr. Domenick Sportelli dispels the myths surrounding electroconvulsive therapy, walks through its costs and where to find it, and provides a guiding light on whether this treatment is right for you or your loved one.

Though ECT was abused in the past, it’s now both safe and highly effective for the most crippling cases of mental illness. This eye-opening series provides state-of-the-art education on how it can work for someone living with a treatment-resistant mental health condition.

Who Is This For?

Loved ones and supporters of someone with treatment-resistant depression will gain a thorough understanding of this highly-effective therapy — and how to find it — after watching this series.

Patients suffering from treatment-resistant depression will discover a potential treatment modality for effectively coping with their mental illness by watching this series.

Health workers and helping professionals will also get a comprehensive education on ECT from a seasoned psychiatrist in this series.

Some of What You Will Learn

  • Why ECT is so misunderstood and stigmatized - and the truth behind its effectiveness for treatment-resistant mental health conditions

  • The science behind why electroconvulsive therapy works and how it’s different from conventional medication

  • How to find electroconvulsive therapy near you

  • Short- and long-term benefits and effectiveness of ECT

  • What an ECT treatment session is actually like

Session Overview

  • Session1

    ECT: How it Works, the Process, the Neuroscience, & More

    Dr. Dom kicks off the series by debunking the history of electroconvulsive therapy, the science behind how it works in the brain, and what an ECT session actually looks like.

    14m
  • Session2

    Ketamine vs. ECT: Which Treatment Should I Choose?

    Dr. Dom breaks down the rates of recovery for electroconvulsive therapy versus ketamine treatment, the relapse rates for each. Dr. Dom also walks through how to know if ECT is NOT for you, what ages it’s appropriate for, and what other contraindications you need to know.

    13m
  • Session3

    How to Make Sure an ECT Regimen is Effective (Treatment Strategies)

    There are other factors that affect the effectiveness of ECT treatment that you or your loved one need to be aware of. Dr. Dom breaks them down in this session. He also shares the signs ECT is working and the signs it’s NOT working - and how doctors measure that progress in the first place.

    16m
  • Session4

    How to Find ECT & Long-Term Management

    Dr. Dom explains the specific steps you should take to find a quality ECT program, how to find an ECT-certified physician, how to determine you’re a candidate and more. He ends the series with insight on what the long-term mental health management looks like with ECT as part of your treatment regimen.

    9m

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