This is a standard treatment of depression. The procedure involves the passage of electric current through a computerized device (that selects that accurate part and the strength of current) into the brain of the patient. The procedure in carried out under general anesthesia and is not associated with any form of pain.
The ECT is better tolerated than drugs and the side effects include headache, confusion, memory disturbances and body aches. All side effects are reversible and there is no evidence of any brain damage because of this treatment.
The improvement is early and fast with the ECT treatment. The treatment can be given to any patient with moderate or severe depression.