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Unformatted text preview: a high current is passed through the brain for a half second, followed by convulsions lasting almost 1 minute ECT produces immediate improvement in mood it may affect levels of norepinephrine in the brain, but we don t know for sure because shock has many effects The main side effect of ECT is memory loss Psychosurgery Psychosurgery Psychosurgery : brain surgery to reduce psychological symptoms and alter behavior contrasted with neurosurgery , which refers to alteration of the brain to treat a known medical condition (e.g., remove a tumor or a blood clot) Lobotomy : removal of cerebral tissue, usually in the frontal lobe previously used to calm agitated patients resulted in significant side effects (e.g., apathy, loss of self-control, loss of ability to think abstractly) currently, it is being used to treat severely debilitating cases of OCD that do not respond to other forms of treatment...
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- Spring '08