When All Else Fails

The Use of Electroconvulsive Therapy for Conditions Other than Major Depressive Episode

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Abstract

The use of electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) for those suffering from major depressive disorder is well-evidenced, time-honored, and recognized by most treatment guidelines. However, since its inception ECT has been used by practitioners for a broader range of neuropsychiatric conditions. This article reviews the highly variable evidence supporting the use of ECT in conditions other than depression, such as schizophrenia, bipolar manic states, catatonia, Parkinson disease, and post-traumatic stress disorder.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)355-371
Number of pages17
JournalPsychiatric Clinics of North America
Volume41
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 1 2018

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Electroconvulsive Therapy
Catatonia
Major Depressive Disorder
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorders
Bipolar Disorder
Parkinson Disease
Schizophrenia
Guidelines
Depression

Keywords

  • Bipolar disorder
  • Catatonia
  • Electroconvulsive therapy
  • Indications
  • Mania
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder
  • Schizophrenia

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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