Biomedical Therapies: Electroconvulsive Therapy

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Biomedical therapies consist the use of medicine and other medical treatments such as electroconvulsive therapy to treat psychological disorders which we say in this weeks video. Antidepressants such as Paxil, Prozac and Zoloft, are some of the medications used in biomedical therapy. However, the most known out there being Prozac. Prozac has become the most effective antidepressant, as it has much milder side effects (Hockenbury and Hockenbury 2013). Secondly, antidepressants have become cost friendly, as Prozac is now available in genetic form. Although, psychotherapy can help depressed patients siggnificantly, the biomedical approach seems more appropriate for depression. The reason I say this is because a person with depression may not want to leave their house several…show more content…
Concluding, that taking antidepressants may be a more easier approach for someone with depression. Other than antidepressants, electroconvulsive therapy, also known as shock therapy, is another therapy that falls under the biomedical approach. Electroconvulsive therapy is used for people with severe depressive disorder (Hockenbury and Hockenbury 2013). Electroconvulsive therapy is used when people with depression do not respond to antidepressants. When undergoing electroconvulsive therapy, the patient is given a brief shock resulting in a mild-brain seizure. The advantage of electroconvulsive therapy is that it is proven to work within just a short few days, which makes this therapy suitable for people with suicidal thoughts. However, a downfall of electroconvulsive is that its effects are not long-term (Hockenbury and Hockenbury 2013). Even though electroconvulsive therapy lacks long-term results, it is an immiedate solution to effective therapy for people who are having immediate suicidal thoughts. In that case, electroconvulsive therapy will better benefit patients with suicidal thoughts, as going through psychotherapy treatment does not have immediate effects that the

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