ECT use in unipolar and bipolar depression.


Journal Article

BACKGROUND: Few studies have compared response to electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) in depressed patients with unipolar and bipolar disorder. METHODS: We reviewed the charts of inpatients with unipolar or bipolar depression who received open treatment with right unilateral ECT. We compared the number of treatments, demographics, and change in Global Assessment of Functioning scores and length of hospital stay in both groups. RESULTS: Whereas changes in Global Assessment of Functioning scores and length of stay overlapped, the number of treatments in patients with bipolar disorder (mean ± SD, 7.5 ± 1.6) was lower than that in patients with unipolar disorder (mean ± SD, 10.2 ± 1.9). CONCLUSION: Fewer ECT treatments may be required to achieve similar benefit in patients with bipolar disorder compared to patients with unipolar disorder.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Agarkar, S; Hurt, S; Lisanby, S; Young, RC

Published Date

  • September 2012

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 28 / 3

Start / End Page

  • e39 - e40

PubMed ID

  • 22914639

Pubmed Central ID

  • 22914639

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1533-4112

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1097/YCT.0b013e318255a552


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States