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Shock therapy used to treat depression

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GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) -- Electroconvulsive therapy, also commonly known as "shock therapy" is alive and well.

But the treatment may not be what you remember from 'One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest.' Many people associate ECT with dark rooms, a creepy nurse, and a whole lot of electricity, but a lot has changed.

Electroconvulsive therapy is now down to a science; it treats major depression, bi-polar, and some types of schizophrenia. The electricity, is a small dose for just a few seconds.

Experts say it helps the messages from your brain travel through all of your nerves. Some doctors believe that when those messages get stopped, depression begins.

The procedure has a doctor, nurse, and anesthesiologist in the room. Patients are not conscious and don't remember a thing.
But nurses say, there are side effects like memory loss and aches so it's important to weight the cost and benefits.

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