The relapse rate after short-term ECT is high, according to a study in the Journal of ECT, “owing to resistance to medication in these patients … 40% to 60% of patients relapse even with adequate antidepressant continuation therapy.” In what the authors claim is the first study of patients’ prognoses after discontinuation of continuation/maintenance ECT, almost half of patients (44%) had relapsed eight months after discontinuation, with most of these relapses occurring within three months.
ECT Damages the Brain by Peter Breggin. (Thanks, Donna)
The effectiveness of electroconvulsive therapy: a literature review by John Read and Richard Bentall. (Thanks, Donna and markps2)
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