Is ECT Effective in Treating Schizophrenia?

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To some extent, YES. ECT refers to the electroconvulsive therapy. Usually, doctors use it to treat severe depression. Sometimes, they also consider it for other mental illnesses such as schizophrenia. In fact, ECT is one of the fastest and most effective ways to relieve symptoms of severe depression, suicidal tendency, mania or other mental illnesses. So ECT is traditionally used more often to treat depression or bipolar disorder than schizophrenia. The effectiveness of ECT has therefore not been as extensively studied for treatment of schizophrenia as for mood disorders. In schizophrenia, ECT is very effective for catatonia. When people get it, they show some forms of depression and other psychiatric disorders. Also, doctors may use ECT to ease other symptoms of schizophrenia, such as delusions, hallucinations, or disorganized thinking. Though ECT is effective, you and your doctor should talk about all your treatment options to find the one best for you.   Keywords: ect schizophrenia
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