Introduction to ECT

ECT remains an established and succesful form of treatment since the early 20th century. 
There exists many myths around the treatment, driven by the anti-psychiatric lobby which has been refuted by robust evidence based research.


  • Severe depression in particular with psychotic features and suicidal thoughts.
  • Schizophrenia – specifically for certain forms of the illness.
  • Treatment resistant depression – which has not responded to medications.
  • Severe mania – characterised by euphoria, hyperactivity etc.
  • Catatonia – as associated with schizophrenia and depression.

For the above indications

  • During pregnancy when the use of medication is not advisable because of harm to fetus.
  • In the elderly who can not tolerate medication.
  • With a history of a successful response.

A video explaining the ECT procedure is available.