Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) is a treatment used by psychiatrists to treat depression and other emotional, psychological and mental states (what psychiatrists call mental illness or mental disease and classify under their list of diagnoses).

Psychiatrists believe that if they pass a powerful electric shock through the brain it will relieve or cure the patient. The electric shock is made strong enough to cause a convulsion (a fit) and this is repeated eight to ten times in a course of ECT.

Effects

ECT causes memory loss, confusion and disorientation. It is unnecessary because there are safe and effective ways to relieve emotional, psychological and mental suffering.

Evidence

There is little or no recent evidence that ECT is safe and effective. You can read about this in the research by Professor John Read.