BMJ Group Medical Reference
Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) is a series of electric shocks given to your brain through electrodes placed on your scalp. The shocks cause a brief seizure. You won't be awake during treatment (you'll be given a general anaesthetic).
ECT is used very rarely. However, it is sometimes used to treat very severe depression. If you have this as well as OCD, your doctor may suggest ECT.
There hasn't been any good-quality research to say whether ECT helps people with OCD.
A wire or disc through which electric current passes.
You may have a type of medicine called a general anaesthetic when you have surgery. It is given to make you unconscious so you don't feel pain when you have surgery.
A seizure (or fit) is when there is too much electrical activity in your brain, which results in muscle twitching and other symptoms.
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