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Who might benefit from electroconvulsive therapy (ECT)?

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According to the American Psychiatric Association, ECT is safe and can work well when:

  • You need quick response to treatment, such as if you’re pregnant
  • Antidepressants don’t seem to help
  • You have medical condition that prevents you from taking antidepressants
  • You’re in a catatonic stupor
  • You have symptoms of psychosis along with depression
  • You’re being treated for bipolar disorder, including both mania and depression
  • You have severe depression
  • You’re in serious danger of killing yourself
  • You’ve been helped by ECT before
  • You have schizophrenia

SOURCES:

National Institute of Mental Health: "What is Depression?" ''Brain Stimulation Therapies.''

FDA: "The Lowdown on Depression."

American Psychiatric Association, , 2000. Practice Guideline for the Treatment of Patients with Major Depression

American Psychiatric Association. . Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders: DSM-5

Fieve, R, MD. Rodale Books, 2006. Bipolar II,

Connelly, KR. , April 2012. Journal of Clinical Psychiatry

Carpenter, LL. , July 2012. Depression and anxiety

Reviewed by Joseph Goldberg on February 08, 2017

SOURCES:

National Institute of Mental Health: "What is Depression?" ''Brain Stimulation Therapies.''

FDA: "The Lowdown on Depression."

American Psychiatric Association, , 2000. Practice Guideline for the Treatment of Patients with Major Depression

American Psychiatric Association. . Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders: DSM-5

Fieve, R, MD. Rodale Books, 2006. Bipolar II,

Connelly, KR. , April 2012. Journal of Clinical Psychiatry

Carpenter, LL. , July 2012. Depression and anxiety

Reviewed by Joseph Goldberg on February 08, 2017

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