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Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT)
ECT is a safe and effective treatment. It can be effective when symptoms of schizophrenia are very severe.
If ECT is recommended as a treatment for you, your doctor should explain how it works and answer all your questions. You should be given written information explaining what will happen, how it feels, and your rights.
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Why should I get treatment?
Effective treatment can help you:
- overcome psychotic symptoms (e.g. delusions, hallucinations)
- get back in control of your thoughts, emotions and behaviours
- get back to school, study or work
- keep your friendships and social life
- stay healthy.
When should treatment start?
Getting help as soon as possible gives you the best chance of a good recovery, at any stage, including:
- at the first signs of ongoing emotional distress or significant changes in behaviour (e.g. becoming socially withdrawn, thinking about suicide or attempting suicide)
- a first episode of psychosis – if you have hallucinations or delusions, even if you have never had psychosis before
- during a relapse – when symptoms come back after you have been treated for schizophrenia.