Talking to Individuals and Families About Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT)

This resource was created by SMI Adviser content partners and approved by the SMI Adviser clinical expert team for inclusion in the knowledge base.

Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) is an effective medical treatment that is most commonly used with individuals who have serious mental illness (SMI), such as major depression or bipolar disorder. ECT is an option when an individual does not respond to other treatments.

This fact sheet provides an overview of possible outcomes and how to discuss ECT with individuals and families.


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