Videos of ECT Procedure

An Overview of Electroconvulsive Treatment

Authored By: Predrag Gligorovic, MD
Associate Professor
Director of ECT Service
Wake Forest Baptist Health

Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT): Treating Severe Depression

Published on Dec 31, 2014
Depression is a very common and highly disabling medical condition. Severe depression can be deadly, resulting in suicide and increased mortality from other illnesses. Although medications and psychotherapy are effective treatments for many patients with depression, treatment-resistant depression (TRD) affects millions of patients worldwide. Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) remains the most effective treatment for severe depression and TRD. This video provides an introduction to ECT for patients, family members and clinicians that may be considering this treatment option. For more information, please call 603.650.4914 or visit

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Mary has severe depression to the point of suicide. She does not respond to drug therapy. She and people like her are often helped with electroconvulsive shock therapy.

ECT makes a quiet comeback. NBC News. 4 minute video. Patient Bill. Aug. 2008.


Bill Russell struggled for years with a depression so strong that neither antidepressants nor therapy could ease it. Desperate, he underwent electroconvulsive therapy, demonstrated above, a treatment mired in a stigma that lingers from the 1940s.

Mayo Clinic (short version) ECT video. 2 minute video. Patient Joanne.


Insight. 52 minute video on “Electroshock.” Patients Michael, Natalie, Kylie, Ella, Lisa. Sept. 24th 2013