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Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT)

Information produced by Royal College of Psychiatrists. This leaflet is for anyone who wants to know more about ECT (Electro-convulsive therapy). It looks at how ECT works, why it is used, its effects and side-effects, and alternative treatments. Although a safe and effective treatment, ECT remains controversial and we have included some of the different views about it.