Electroconvulsive Therapy

Introduction and Technical Aspects

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This chapter introduces the reader to the origin, history and mechanisms of electroconvulsive therapy (ECT). Therapeutic mechanisms of ECT such as psychodynamic theories, neuroendocrine theory, anticonvulsant theory and changes in neurotransmitter systems and neural tissues are discussed. Major depression, mania and schizophrenia are the main indications for ECT. ECT may play a role in the treatment of Parkinson's disease and refractory status epilepticus, and there is need for further research in this area. Technical aspects of ECT including a description of ECT devices, electrode placement, stimulus parameters and adjunctive apparatus are discussed. The readers will also learn about the ECT procedure, anaesthetic drugs, skeletal muscle relaxants and other cardiovascular drugs used in modified ECT.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationNeuromodulation in Psychiatry
PublisherWiley-Blackwell
Pages429-453
Number of pages25
ISBN (Electronic)9781118801086
ISBN (Print)9781118801048
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 5 2016

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Electroconvulsive Therapy
Neuromuscular Agents
Cardiovascular Agents
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Bipolar Disorder
Anticonvulsants
Neurotransmitter Agents
Parkinson Disease
Anesthetics
Schizophrenia
Electrodes
History
Depression
Equipment and Supplies
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Keywords

  • Anaesthetic
  • Device
  • Electroconvulsive therapy
  • Electrode
  • Equipment
  • History
  • Indications
  • Mechanism
  • Stimulus
  • Treatment

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  • Medicine(all)

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Electroconvulsive Therapy : Introduction and Technical Aspects. / Surya, Sandarsh; Rosenquist, Peter B.; McCall, William Vaughn.

Neuromodulation in Psychiatry. Wiley-Blackwell, 2016. p. 429-453.

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Surya, Sandarsh ; Rosenquist, Peter B. ; McCall, William Vaughn. / Electroconvulsive Therapy : Introduction and Technical Aspects. Neuromodulation in Psychiatry. Wiley-Blackwell, 2016. pp. 429-453
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