Book Review: Birth of a New Brain: Healing from Postpartum Bipolar Disorder
“I was caught in a whirl of racing, obsessive thoughts, which is how many people describe their bouts of mania. Instead of noticing my baby girl’s sweet scent or feeling her rose-petal soft skin, all I could think was, I must write this idea down, and this, and this…,” writes Dyane Harwood. In her new book, Birth of a New Brain: Healing from Postpartum Bipolar Disorder, Harwood offers an unfiltered, unedited and heart-wrenching journey through postpartum bipolar disorder and reminds us all that, even in the seemingly worst circumstances, hope can remain. Harwood’s story begins in the delivery...
Source: Psych Central - May 20, 2019 Category: Psychiatry Authors: Claire Nana Tags: Bipolar Book Reviews Disorders Family General Medications Memory and Perception Motivation and Inspiration Personal Stories Postpartum Depression Psychological Assessment Psychology Stigma Stress Suicide Treatment Women's I Source Type: news

Electroconvulsive therapy reboots certain brain networks to help depressed individuals
(Baycrest Centre for Geriatric Care) Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) helps people with severe depression by 'pushing the reset button' on brain networks involved in creating a mental picture, according to recent Baycrest findings. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - May 7, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Magnitude of reduction and speed of remission of suicidality for low amplitude seizure therapy (LAP-ST) compared to standard right unilateral electroconvulsive therapy: a pilot double-blinded randomized clinical trial - Youssef NA, Ravilla D, Patel C, Yassa M, Sadek R, Zhang LF, McCloud L, McCall WV, Rosenquist PB.
Background: Although treatment guidelines support use of electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) for acute suicidality, it is associated with cognitive side effects. The effect of Low Amplitude Seizure Therapy (LAP-ST) on suicidality is unknown. Our prior p... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - May 4, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Program and Other Evaluations, Effectiveness Studies Source Type: news

"Zapping" your skull with EMF is the latest trend in treating PTSD – if you're willing to risk cancer and diabetes along the way
(Natural News) Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT), commonly known as electric shock therapy, is without a doubt the most controversial mental health treatment ever to become a part of mainstream psychiatry. Developed by a team of Italian researchers back in 1938, ECT operates on the premise that exposing a mentally ill patient to a jolt of electricity... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - April 2, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Brain Stimulation May Soothe Severe Depression
The treatments included electroconvulsive therapy, transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS), magnetic seizure therapy, and transcranial direct current stimulation. (Source: WebMD Health)
Source: WebMD Health - March 28, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Think electroshock therapy is a medical brutality from the past? Nearly 23,000 patients were "brain shocked" in the U.K. from 2015-16
(Natural News) The number of patients who underwent electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) in the U.K. rose by 11 percent in the last four years, a shocking new report released by the TheGuardian.com revealed. The prevalence in which this treatment is prescribed depended on local medical preferences. The rise of ECT can be attributed to improved access to... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - March 18, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Non-suicidal self-injury and electroconvulsive therapy: outcomes in adolescent and young adult populations - Rootes-Murdy K, Carlucci M, Tibbs M, Wachtel LE, Sherman MF, Zandi PP, Reti IM.
BACKGROUND: Electroconvulsive (ECT) therapy is a highly effective treatment for severe depression. Although the clear majority of patients respond to ECT, not all do, and we still lack good predictors for ECT outcome, especially in adolescents and young ad... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - March 11, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Adolescents Source Type: news

Trial to Test ECT for Severe Agitation in Alzheimer's Trial to Test ECT for Severe Agitation in Alzheimer's
With funding for a new trial secured, electroconvulsive therapy is gaining ground as a possible treatment for treatment-resistant agitation and aggression in patients with Alzheimer's disease.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Psychiatry Headlines)
Source: Medscape Psychiatry Headlines - March 6, 2019 Category: Psychiatry Tags: Psychiatry News Source Type: news

Electroconvulsive Therapy and Stroke in Affective Disorder Electroconvulsive Therapy and Stroke in Affective Disorder
Dr Peter Yellowlees discusses electroconvulsive therapy and later stroke in patients with affective disorders.Medscape Psychiatry (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - February 8, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Psychiatry Commentary Source Type: news

Stop ECT for Refractory Depression? The Great Debate Stop ECT for Refractory Depression? The Great Debate
Experts argue for, and against, electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) for severe, refractory depression in a'head-to-head'article in the BMJ.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - February 4, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Psychiatry News Source Type: news

Alterations in hippocampal structural connections differentiate between responders of ECT
(Elsevier) A new study in people with major depression reports that electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) induces changes in the fibers connecting the hippocampus to brain regions involved in mood and emotion. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - January 15, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Adverse Cardiac Events and Mortality Associated With ECT Adverse Cardiac Events and Mortality Associated With ECT
This study assessed the risk of serious CV events and death.Anesthesiology (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - January 2, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Psychiatry Journal Article Source Type: news

McLean researchers lead ECT study for alzheimer's patients with aggression
(McLean Hospital) McLean will lead a five-year study to investigate the use of electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) to treat severe agitation and aggression in people with Alzheimer's disease. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - December 11, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Depression Treatment: Where We Are Missing the Mark
Depression affects 450 million people worldwide and 15 million adults in the United States (U.S.) alone. Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the United States, claiming over 40,000 lives every year. We see these heartbreaking stories making headlines too often, and there are tens of thousands more we do not know about. The scariest part? There is no end in sight. Antidepressants are one of the three most commonly used therapeutic drug classes in the United States. Approximately 1 in 9 Americans of all ages reported taking at least one antidepressant medication — a number that was less than 1 in 50 just th...
Source: Psych Central - September 7, 2018 Category: Psychiatry Authors: Sachin Mehta, M.D. Tags: Antidepressants Bipolar Depression Medications Mood Stabilizers Neuroscience Suicide Treatment Deep brain stimulation Deep transcranial magnetic stimulation Depression Treatment Electroconvulsive Therapy Major Depressive Disorder Source Type: news

People undergoing voluntary and involuntary ECT treatment have similar outcomes
(Trinity College Dublin) People who have involuntary electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) for depression have similar outcomes to those who have voluntary treatment, according to a ground-breaking new study conducted by researchers from Trinity College Dublin. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - June 28, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Early ECT Efficacious, Cost-effective for Resistant Depression Early ECT Efficacious, Cost-effective for Resistant Depression
A study suggests that initiating electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) early in the treatment resistant depression is both cost-effective and efficacious. after multiple other treatments have failed.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - May 15, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Psychiatry News Source Type: news

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A study suggests that initiating electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) early in the treatment resistant depression is both cost-effective and efficacious. after multiple other treatments have failed.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - May 15, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Psychiatry News Source Type: news

ECT Effective for Treatment-Resistant Depression
MONDAY, May 14, 2018 -- Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) may be effective and cost-effective for U.S. patients with treatment-resistant depression, according to research published online May 10 in JAMA Psychiatry. Eric L. Ross, from the University of... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News - May 14, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Medical News Today: Should 'shock therapy' be used to treat depression more often?
A study concludes that if electroconvulsive therapy was used earlier in the treatment of depression, the outcome for many patients would be much improved. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - May 10, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Psychology / Psychiatry Source Type: news

ECT May Benefit Young Patients With Severe Autism ECT May Benefit Young Patients With Severe Autism
Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) may reduce depression and other psychiatric symptoms in patients with severe autism spectrum disorder, new research shows.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - May 9, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Psychiatry News Source Type: news

Is electroconvulsive therapy a treatment for depression following traumatic brain injury? - Srienc A, Narang P, Sarai S, Xiong Y, Lippmann S.
Traumatic brain injury (TBI) can be caused by blunt or penetrating injury to the head. The pathophysiological evolution of TBI involves complex biochemical and genetic changes. Common sequelae of TBI include seizures and psychiatric disorders, particularly... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - May 2, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Economics of Injury and Safety, PTSD, Injury Outcomes Source Type: news

ECT for Mood Disorders'Does Not Cause Dementia'ECT for Mood Disorders'Does Not Cause Dementia '
Amid ongoing concerns that electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) may affect cognition, new research suggests the treatment does not increase dementia risk in patients, even older ones, with affective disorders.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - March 16, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Psychiatry News Source Type: news

ECT for Depression: No Long-term Dementia Risk ECT for Depression: No Long-term Dementia Risk
Patients with severe depression who undergo electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) have no greater risk than the general population of developing dementia over the long-term, new research suggests.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - March 7, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Psychiatry News Source Type: news

Level of inflammation could help predict effectiveness of electroconvulsive therapy for major depression
FINDINGSPeople with major depression that has not been well controlled by medications and who have a biomarker in their blood indicating a higher level of inflammation may benefit more than people with less inflammation from electroconvulsive therapy to ease symptoms of their depression, according to a new UCLA study.BACKGROUNDInflammatory molecules in the blood, such as C-reactive protein and interleukin 6, are associated with depression, and higher levels of inflammation predict that people won ’t respond as well to antidepressant medications as other people do.Scientists wanted to see if levels of inflammatory mol...
Source: UCLA Newsroom: Health Sciences - March 5, 2018 Category: Universities & Medical Training Source Type: news

Book Review: Insane Consequences
I have read Insane Consequences: How the Mental Health Industry Fails the Mentally Ill a couple of times and am still contemplating it. It also inspired me to research further into how we treat the seriously mentally ill in America. In the book, author DJ Jaffe takes on what he calls the “mental health industry,” and I think that is a fair characterization. He is not the only writer to use the phrase, and he confronts that industry with a voice that reminds me of a prosecuting attorney on a mission. Jaffe became involved in the mental health system in the 1980s when his wife’s 18 year old sister, Lynn, ca...
Source: Psych Central - February 14, 2018 Category: Psychiatry Authors: Stan Rockwell, PsyD Tags: Book Reviews Caregivers Disabilities Policy and Advocacy Psychiatry Psychology Schizophrenia Treatment DJ jaffe mental health policy Mental Illness mental illness violence serious mental illness Source Type: news

Uganda:Parliament Asked to Drop Electroconvulsive Therapy From Mental Health Bill
[Monitor] The Initiative for Social and Economic Rights (ISER), a Non-Government Organisation advocating for "the adoption and use of human rights" healthcare wants Parliament to drop electroconvulsive therapy used on mental health patients. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - February 9, 2018 Category: African Health Source Type: news

ECT for Manic State in a Bipolar, OCD Teenager ECT for Manic State in a Bipolar, OCD Teenager
Should electroconvulsive therapy be considered in young patients with severe mania when first-line treatment options have failed?Journal of Medical Case Reports (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - January 29, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Psychiatry Journal Article Source Type: news

Efficacy and safety of maintenance electroconvulsive therapy for sustaining resolution of severe aggression in a major neurocognitive disorder - Selvadurai MI, Waxman R, Ghaffar O, Fischler I.
We report a novel electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) regimen for sustaining the resolution of behavioural and psychological symptoms of dementia (BPSD) using alternating acute and maintenance ECT (M-ECT) trials. A 64-year-old man presenting with major neuroco... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - January 9, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Elder Adults Source Type: news

Electroconvulsive therapy for self-injurious behaviour in autism spectrum disorders: recognizing catatonia is key - Wachtel LE, Shorter E, Fink M.
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Self-injurious behaviour (SIB) is a devastating condition frequently encountered in autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) that can lead to dangerous tissue injury and profound psychosocial difficulty. An increasing number of reports over the ... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - December 21, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Program and Other Evaluations, Effectiveness Studies Source Type: news

How electroconvulsive therapy relieves depression per animal experiments
(Johns Hopkins Medicine) In a study using genetically engineered mice, Johns Hopkins researchers have uncovered some new molecular details that appear to explain how electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) rapidly relieves severe depression in mammals, presumably including people. The molecular changes allow more communication between neurons in a specific part of the brain also known to respond to antidepressant drugs. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - December 18, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Effects of continuation electroconvulsive therapy on quality of life in elderly depressed patients: a randomized clinical trial - McCall WV, Lisanby SH, Rosenquist PB, Dooley M, Husain MM, Knapp RG, Petrides G, Rudorfer MV, Young RC, McClintock SM, Mueller M, Prudic J, Greenberg RM, Weiner RD, Bailine SH, Youssef NA, McCloud L, Kellner CH.
We examined whether electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) plus medications ("STABLE  + PHARM" group) had superior HRQOL compared with medications alone ("PHARM" group) as continuation strategy after successful acute right unilateral ECT for major depressive dis... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - December 5, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Elder Adults Source Type: news

Electroconvulsive therapy for agitation and aggression in dementia: a systematic review - Van den berg JF, Kruithof HC, Kok RM, Verwijk E, Spaans HP.
OBJECTIVES: Many patients with dementia develop agitation or aggression in the course of their disease. In some severe cases, behavioral, environmental, and pharmacological interventions are not sufficient to alleviate these potentially life-threatening sy... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - November 13, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Elder Adults Source Type: news

Ketamine Infusions: They Didn ’t Help Me But They Could Help You
Ketamine infusions are one of the latest treatments available for treatment resistant depression. There are many hospitals and research centers offering free or fee for service treatments in order to gather data to support FDA approval as well as insurance approval. My personal experience involves having ketamine infusions at one of the best psychiatric and research-based hospitals in the country. They are collecting every bit of data involving what happens to the patient prior to each treatment, during the infusion as well as post-treatment. I always felt in good hands and felt grateful to be receiving the treatment at a...
Source: Psych Central - October 31, 2017 Category: Psychiatry Authors: Risa Sugarman Tags: Depression Medications Psychiatry Treatment Depressive Episode experimental treatment ketamine Major Depressive Disorder Mood Disorder Treatment Resistant Depression Source Type: news

Short- and long-term evaluation of cognitive functions after electroconvulsive therapy in a Japanese population - Takagi S, Takeuchi T, Yamamoto N, Fujita M, Furuta K, Ishikawa H, Motohashi N, Nishikawa T.
AIM: While electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) is a well-established, safe and effective treatment for mental illnesses, the potential for adverse effects on cognitive functions remains controversial. We aimed to evaluate multiple cognitive functions in differ... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - October 30, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Economics of Injury and Safety, PTSD, Injury Outcomes Source Type: news

Electroconvulsive therapy mostly used on women and older people, says study
Findings are a cause for concern and symptom of the ‘over-medicalising of human distress’, says co-author of report using NHS dataThe use ofelectroconvulsive therapy to treat serious mental health problems is more prevalent in women and older individuals, researchers have found.The study, which looked at data from a group of NHS trusts in England between 2011 and 2015, found that, on average, two thirds of recipients of ECT were women, and 56% were people aged over 60.Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - October 20, 2017 Category: Science Authors: Nicola Davis Tags: Mental health Society NHS Psychology Older people Science Depression Source Type: news

Audit uncovers concerns about the use of electroconvulsive therapy in England
(Wiley) Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) continues to be used in England without comprehensive national auditing. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - October 20, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

'Magic mushrooms' may help 'reset' depressive brains, study claims
Conclusion For people with depression who are not helped by conventional treatment such as antidepressants and talking therapies, studies such as this one may offer a glimmer of hope. This and previous studies on psilocybin suggest it may one day become a treatment option for people with a range of psychiatric conditions. It's important to note that this is experimental, early-stage research. The study lacked a control group, so it's hard to know whether the improvement in mood, or the changes seen on MRI scans, can be attributed to the drug. The study is very small and we should bear in mind that half of those taking part...
Source: NHS News Feed - October 16, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Mental health Neurology Source Type: news

Electroconvulsive therapy for depression in older patients may not relieve their insomnia
(Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University) Older people receiving electroconvulsive therapy for their depression likely will need an additional treatment if insomnia is one of their symptoms, researchers report. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - August 15, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Experts blast growing trend of "coercive psychiatry" where people are pharmacologically imprisoned without evidence or trial
(Natural News) Psychiatry is an ancient phenomenon with an invasive and brutal history. In the past, the mentally ill were strapped to their beds and doctors performed lobotomies and electroconvulsive therapy in the hope to improve a patient’s mental state. As asylums closed in the 1970s and 1980s, old brutal practices and the use of... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - August 3, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

ECT for Depression?
(MedPage Today) -- Does electroconvulsive therapy get short shrift? (Source: MedPage Today Public Health)
Source: MedPage Today Public Health - June 26, 2017 Category: American Health Source Type: news

Huge Meta-analysis Finds Deaths From ECT'Extremely Rare'Huge Meta-analysis Finds Deaths From ECT'Extremely Rare '
Patients and clinicians can be reassured that deaths related to electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) are very rare, and the incidence appears to be decreasing, according to a huge meta-analysis.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - June 23, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Psychiatry News Source Type: news

Mega Meta-analysis Shows ECT Mortality'Extremely Rare'Mega Meta-analysis Shows ECT Mortality'Extremely Rare '
Patients and clinicians can be reassured that deaths related to electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) are very rare, and the incidence appears to be decreasing, according to a huge meta-analysis.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Psychiatry Headlines)
Source: Medscape Psychiatry Headlines - June 23, 2017 Category: Psychiatry Tags: Psychiatry News Source Type: news

After destroying millions of children with psychiatric drugs, the industry now wants the FDA to expand electroshock "therapy" on children
(Natural News) Some people think that electroconvulsive therapy (ECT), also known as electroshock, is one of those horrible treatments from yesteryear that civilized societies no longer undertake. However, approximately one million people around the world are given electroshock every year, including 100,000 Americans. Perhaps most disturbingly, some of the people who undergo this terrifying and... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - May 23, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

ECT Effective for Depression, Psychosis, Self-Harm in Youth ECT Effective for Depression, Psychosis, Self-Harm in Youth
Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) significantly improves depression and psychosis and is especially effective for those with a substance use disorder.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - May 23, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Psychiatry News Source Type: news

Mental Health Treatment Can Save Lives, But The Right Diagnosis Can Take Years
Your browser does not support HTML5 video.In His Own Words: Above, Nic Newling, 30, writes how his experience with untreated bipolar disorder made him feel. Animation by Isabella Carapella/Photography by Damon Dahlen 1,277 days. That’s approximately how long it took Nic Newling to figure out he was dealing with bipolar disorder after first reaching out for help. Newling was born and raised in Sydney. He first began to notice something was wrong when he was a young teen in school. He felt panicked and burned out ― sometimes for no reason at all ― and it was severely destabilizing his everyday routine. &ldq...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - May 15, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Mental Health Treatment Can Save Lives, But The Right Diagnosis Can Take Years
Your browser does not support HTML5 video.In His Own Words: Above, Nic Newling, 30, writes how his experience with untreated bipolar disorder made him feel. Animation by Isabella Carapella/Photography by Damon Dahlen 1,277 days. That’s approximately how long it took Nic Newling to figure out he was dealing with bipolar disorder after first reaching out for help. Newling was born and raised in Sydney. He first began to notice something was wrong when he was a young teen in school. He felt panicked and burned out ― sometimes for no reason at all ― and it was severely destabilizing his everyday routine. &ldq...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - May 15, 2017 Category: Science Source Type: news

Ketamine, ECT Pairing Disappoints in Depression Ketamine, ECT Pairing Disappoints in Depression
Augmentation of electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) with ketamine provides no additional benefit in patients with depression.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - May 4, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Psychiatry News Source Type: news

Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) is safe
(Aarhus University) Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) is a highly effective treatment for severe depression and other mental disorders, and a new study headed by researchers from Aarhus University in Denmark documents that the risk is very small. The most significant result in the study is that only one ECT-related death has been reported for the 414.747 ECT treatments that are registered in studies published after 2001. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - May 2, 2017 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

What is ECT and how does it work?
One Flew Over the Cuckoo ’s Nest has coloured perceptions of electroconvulsive therapy, but the modern reality is differentThe public perception of electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) is rooted in cultural depictions, not least the dramatic scene in the film One Flew Over the Cuckoo ’s Nest in which Jack Nicholson is held down as the treatment is carried out.Sylvia Plath ’s account in The Bell Jar is hardly less brutal. Describing ECT, administered without general anesthetic, the protagonist says: “With each flash a great jolt drubbed me till I thought my bones would break and the sap fly out of me like...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - April 17, 2017 Category: Science Authors: Nicola Davis Tags: Mental health Society Depression Medical research Science Source Type: news

Electroconvulsive therapy on the rise again in England
ECT stages comeback after years of decline, with thousands treated on NHS despite lack of scientific explanation for effectsThe use of electroconvulsive therapy to treat serious mental health problems, a procedure long thought to be in steep decline, is on the rise again in England, a Guardian analysis indicates.Exclusive data covering four-fifths of NHS mental health trusts in England shows that more than 22,600 individual ECT treatments were carried out in 2015-16, a rise of 11% from four years ago, when about 20,400 were carried out.Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - April 17, 2017 Category: Science Authors: Nicola Davis and Pamela Duncan Tags: Mental health NHS Depression Society Source Type: news