Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT)
Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) is a highly effective treatment for depression, used in Australia and throughout the world to treat severe depression that has not responded to other treatments.
For some people, other forms of treatment such as medication and counselling have little or no effect on the symptoms of depression or psychosis. This is particularly concerning where symptoms are causing severe distress and the person may even be feeling suicidal.
In these cases, ECT seems to be especially helpful, over 80% of people with depression who receive ECT report an improvement.
ECT treatment is conducted for inpatients and day patients. Your doctor will advise if this treatment is suitable for you.