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Electroconvulsive Therapy (Electroshock Therapy)

Electroconvulsive Therapy (Electroshock Therapy) is a treatment for some severe mental illnesses in which a brief application of electrical stimulus is used to generate a generalized seizure. According to the National Institutes of Health, this therapy has been highly successful in treating certain types of depression, especially when followed with anti-depressant medication. It has not been effective with individuals who have less severe forms of depression.

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