What is ECT?

ECT (Electro-Convulsive Therapy) is a medical procedure in which the patient is put under anesthesia and an electrical current is sent through the brain.  This enduces a seizure.  A Tonic-clonic seizure.  How does this help?  It is actually unknown how ect works, but it is thought to increase blood flow to the brain.  This helps get your brain back into balance.  The procedure does have some side effects. These include short term memory loss and concentration.  When you first wake up from the procedure, you will remember very little about what has happened.  But, soon you will be able to remember the things that happened before the procedure. Over the course of the next few days, you will be able to remember more of what was in short term memory.  And, concentration is another side effect.  You may have an inability to concentrate on some tasks.