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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Studies by Major Shock Promoter Show ECT Damages the Brain
Major expert analysis of literature and cost benefit analysis shows that brain damage, amnesia, risk of death, lack of efficacy and other factors indicate that ECT cannot be justified:
A better link is from ncbi.nlm.nih.gov
See the “.gov” part?
Though your link may seem to provide more credibility, it only provides an abstract of the study. The link I provided includes the entire study of why ECT cannot be justified based on lack of efficacy and the huge brain damage and even death it causes.
Thanks for your input.
I Love the insanity. “When discontinuation of continuation/mECT…”
Plus the faith in the drugs/meds to cure the disease. It is a brain chemical imbalance right? Why don’t the patients take the cure?
“maintaining remission after a successful course of short-term ECT is often difficult owing to resistance to medication in these patients.”
From the article “permanent maintenance ECT should be considered.”
Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.
I know, that is horrible !!!