A patient receiving electroconvulsive therapy tells the nurse, "I am always forgetting appointments and losing things." Which response is the most therapeutic?

"The memory loss must be upsetting. Let's talk about it."


• This statement by the nurse expresses empathy and ends with an open-ended invitation to allow for further discussion.

• Once the patient verbalizes their feelings and concerns about the symptoms they are having and the nurse reflects these back and validates them, the nurse can clarify misconceptions the patient may have.

• Memory loss and confusion are common but transient symptoms associated with ECT treatment. These symptoms usually subside within a few weeks after the course of treatment is complete.

• The other statements may be true, but they do not express empathy or encourage further discussion.

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