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    Bi polar Disorder and Electroshock Therapy

    bipolar disorder - Electroshock There are a great many myths surrounding the use of electroshock therapy, or ECT for treating bi polar disorder and none of these myths are positive.  The highly successful Hollywood movie “One Flew Overthe Cuckoo’s Nest” was a particularly grim film in terms of the use of ECT to treat patients with a mental illness.  Although Jack Nicholson, the film’s star did not suffer from bi polar disorder he was strapped to a hospital gurney and zapped with high voltage, fully conscious and without the use of anaesthetic. Finally at the movie’s conclusion Nicholson was rendered brain dead due to the procedure.
    In reality the use of ECT in patients with bipolar symptoms is far more sophisticated and humane.  Bi polar disorder patients are generally residents of a mental hospital that offers the treatment. Unless a patient is completely erratic and out of control he or she is always in conference with a psychiatrist and family to discuss the use of ECT to treat bipolar symptoms before undergoing the procedure. The decision is not made solely at the discretion of the psychiatrist.
    Electroconvulsive shock therapy works by inducing seizures in the bipolar disorder patient’s brain.  It was first introduced for treatment of schizophrenia, bi polar disorder and catatonia in the 1930s. Generally ECT is administered to the bi polar patient two or three times a week during a 6 – 12 week period. Clinical studies have proven that ECT is the most effective treatment for severe depression in bi polar disorder patients. In fact ECT improved the quality of these patients’ lives in the short and long term.
    It is widely believed that ECT results in permanent brain damage in bi polar disorder patients and this is completely erroneous.  It is rumoured that loss of memory and cognitive ability is a result of the procedure but this is simply untrue.  In fact bi polar disorder patients report an increased cognitive ability due to a respite from bipolar symptoms. Indeed ECT has a long-term protective quality against suicidal tendencies in the bi polar disorder patient.  In some research studies it has been proven that ECT is more effective in controlling bipolar symptoms than medications in some bi polar disorder patients.
    Most ECT machines deliver a brief-pulse current to the brain of a bi polar disorder person rather than the original sine-wave currents used in older treatments. The current flows for approximately 1 – 6 seconds and the resulting seizure varies in length between bi polar disorder patients. It was the use of the old sine-wave currents several decades ago that were responsible for long-term memory loss in bi polar disorder patients.  This seldom happens in current ECT therapy and the majority of bi polar disorder patients report an improved quality of life with its usage.