Use of ECT with treatment-resistant depressed patients at the National Institute of Mental Health

S. M. Paul, I. Extein, H. M. Calil, W. Z. Potter, P. Chodoff, F. K. Goodwin

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Abstract

The authors review the use of ECT with nine seriously depressed patients at the National Institute of Mental Health over the past 8 years. Despite the patients' poor prior response to a variety of pharmacological treatments, only one patient failed to show a complete response to ECT. With most patients, improvement was quite rapid and dramatic, and all of the ECT responders were free of depression for at least 1 year after treatment. These results are consistent with previous studies; they deserve reemphasis now in light of recent controversies over ECT, including legislative and judicial attempts to restrict its use.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)486-489
Number of pages4
JournalUnknown Journal
Volume138
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 1981

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