Ask the Doctor: Electroconvulsive Therapy; Chewing Gum & Brainpower; COPD & Stroke Risk

Q: My doctor wants me to have electrocon­vulsive therapy for my severe depression. How does this procedure improve mood? A: Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) is a treatment in which measured pulses of electricity are applied through the skull to the brain of an anesthetized patient, causing convulsions that are intended to help improve severe depression or schizophrenia. […]

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