WHAT ARE THE SIDE EFFECTS OF ECT?
Many people do not experience any side effects from ECT. If you do experience headaches, muscle aches, or nausea, please let the staff know. You may take some medications to help decrease these side effects. Other potential side effects consist of confusion and memory loss. Usually, as people awaken and become more alert, they become less confused. Psychological tests show that memory loss can occur for events that happen a few weeks surrounding the treatments. While psychological tests do not confirm permanent memory loss, some patients report lasting trouble remembering some things occurring a few months prior to and/or after their treatments. Back to the top of the page. SUMMARY There have been many advances in the treatment of mental disorders in the past few years, and ECT remains the most effective and safe treatment for some patients, particularly when alternative treatments like medications, are either unsafe or ineffective. Back to the top of the page. ECT PURPOSE STATEMENT Th