Electroconvulsive Therapy- driving a renewed debate in mental health treatment

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Electric convulsive therapy or ECT is a form of treatment for severe mental health and mood disorders and has been used since the 1930s.

Despite the range of depictions in pop culture and the concerns of its long term side effects,  such as memory loss and thinking disorders, ECT treatments may provide relief for long term mental health sufferers.

If this story has raised concerns for you or someone you know, you can contact Lifeline on 13 11 14, Beyond Blue on 1300 22 4636 or MensLine Australia on 1300 789 978.

 

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