Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) - What you should be told
What should my doctor tell me about ECT?
Your doctor should tell you about the risks of treatment and what it involves.
Your doctor should do a risk–benefit assessment with you. This assessment will include:
- the risks of having an anaesthetic,
- whether you have other illnesses,
- the possible side effects of ECT, and
- the risks of not having the treatment.
NICE recommends that your doctor should give you information leaflets to help you decide if you want ECT. If your doctor has not given you this information ask them for it before making your decision. Leaflets should be available in different languages and formats, so tell your doctor what you need.
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