Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) is a procedure that induces a brief seizure by passing small electrical currents through the brain. It is done to treat conditions like severe depression, severe mania, catatonia, etc. ECT helps change brain chemistry, which reverses the symptoms of these mental illnesses.
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Query: Hello doctor, My 48 year old mother is probably suffering from a recurrent unipolar depression as per the treatment that the local psychiatrist is giving. It seems that the medicines are not working this time. She is not able to get up from the bed and does not feel like doing anything, even her d... Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. As your mother is suffering from a treatment-resistant depression, she is not responding to multiple drugs. ECT (electroconvulsive therapy) is a good treatment modality with very few side effects if administrated properly. Also, there are unlikely any long term side e... Read Full »
Query: Hello doctor, I am 56 years old male and have been treated for depression for 32 years. I have tried numerous antidepressants. I have responded to ECT extremely well in the past but it did not hold me. I could no longer afford monthly maintenance treatments. I have currently started a treatment... Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I read your query and understand your concerns. Although it is too early to measure the effect of TBS (theta-burst stimulation) after the nine sessions there is a good possibility that there will be an enduring effect over the coming weeks. My statement is based on ... Read Full »
Query: Hi doctor, I am concerned about one of my relatives. She may have some psychiatric problems. First she faced a problem in her life before 10 years. She believes in different sociology and culture. She has a fantasy of smoking, drinking and living together. She does not believe in marriage. She becom... Read Full »
Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I will summarize the clinically relevant aspects of her case. The illness started early around the age of 17 years. It has not cleared completely until yet and she has not returned to her previous personality. The symptoms are suggestive of paranoid schizophrenia o... Read Full »
Query: Hello doctor, I tried magic mushrooms, and the last time I took it, sounds from the TV in the next room felt like they were entering me. Afterward, I started ringing bells of unknown homes and simply run around everywhere. I also had delusions. I was given a diagnosis of paranoid schizophrenia and ... Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I can understand your concern. You consumed magic mushrooms and the symptoms started after that. There was a clear cut relationship between the use of the drug with psychosis as per your history. This was four years back. You responded well to treatment and are doing... Read Full »