What is the role of psychotherapy following electroconvulsive therapy (ECT)?

Updated: Sep 24, 2019
  • Author: Mehul V Mankad, MD; Chief Editor: Dennis M Popeo, MD  more...
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Individual, family, or group psychotherapy is helpful for some patients after ECT to treat residual symptoms, cope with stress, and encourage a return to normal life. [1]  Preliminary evidence suggests that cognitive-behavioral therapy and other psychotherapies may lengthen the antidepressant effects of ECT. [93, 94]


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