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What is ect and side effects

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What is ect and side effects
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr. David replied 1 year ago.

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Sometimes a patient may have a headache, muscle aches, or nausea after ECT treatment. These side effects can be treated with medications before or after the ECT

some people may exhibit mental confusion resulting from the combination of anesthesia and/or ECT treatment. Acute confusion, if it occurs, typically lasts for 30 minutes to 1 hour

memory loss is one of the greatest concerns of people who receive ECT

two different kinds of memory loss may occur during the course of ECT treatments: short-term memory during the period of time that you are having ECT treatments. Some examples of short-term memory loss include forgetting what you had for lunch or not remembering talking to someone earlier in the day.

the second type of memory loss that may occur involves memory loss for past events. Recent past events (2 to 6 weeks before treatment) are more sensitive to ECT, but , some patients may describe "spotty" memory loss for events that occurred as far back as 6 months before beginning ECT

it is rare, some patients have reported a more severe memory loss of events which date back further than the 6 months preceding ECT treatments

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