Electroconvulsive therapy in the medically ill.


Journal Article (Review)

The use of electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) in the US continues to expand in the treatment of psychiatric disorders. Electroconvulsive therapy remains the "gold standard" for the treatment of major depression and a variety of other psychiatric and neurologic disorders. Because of the effectiveness and resurgence of ECT, more patients are considered good candidates for this treatment option. Overall, these patients are medication refractory and elderly, and thus more sensitive to polypharmacy. Additionally, these patients tend to have more coexisting medical problems, and often require that a practitioner have solid clinical knowledge of the fields of medicine and psychiatry. This article will review some of the most common comorbid conditions found in patients referred for ECT.

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Cited Authors

  • Christopher, EJ

Published Date

  • July 2003

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 5 / 3

Start / End Page

  • 225 - 230

PubMed ID

  • 12773277

Pubmed Central ID

  • 12773277

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1535-1645

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1523-3812

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1007/s11920-003-0047-8


  • eng