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Impact of treatment with electroconvulsive therapy on cognitive function in depressive disorders

Wojciech Datka, Wojciech Rachel, Tomasz Zyss, Krzysztof Szwajca, Marcin Jacek Jabłoński
Psychiatria 2014;11(3):148-154.

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Vol 11, No 3 (2014)
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Abstract

Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) is a universally recognized and highly effective method of treating depressive disorders. Regardless, its applicability remains a matter of some controversy, mostly due to the tendency to associate ECT with the method introduced in 1938 by Cerletti. It is important to emphasize that currently used ECT is completely safe and possible side-effects, if any, manifest as impaired cognitive function and are temporary in nature. Furthermore, physicians and researchers have looked for ways of minimizing their occurrence and determining which factors are directly responsible for ECT-related adverse effects. Our study offers a review of the current state of knowledge and research on the subject.

Abstract

Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) is a universally recognized and highly effective method of treating depressive disorders. Regardless, its applicability remains a matter of some controversy, mostly due to the tendency to associate ECT with the method introduced in 1938 by Cerletti. It is important to emphasize that currently used ECT is completely safe and possible side-effects, if any, manifest as impaired cognitive function and are temporary in nature. Furthermore, physicians and researchers have looked for ways of minimizing their occurrence and determining which factors are directly responsible for ECT-related adverse effects. Our study offers a review of the current state of knowledge and research on the subject.

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Keywords

electroconvulsive therapy, cognitive functions, depressive disorders

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Title

Impact of treatment with electroconvulsive therapy on cognitive function in depressive disorders

Journal

Psychiatria (Psychiatry)

Issue

Vol 11, No 3 (2014)

Article type

Review paper

Pages

148-154

Bibliographic record

Psychiatria 2014;11(3):148-154.

Keywords

electroconvulsive therapy
cognitive functions
depressive disorders

Authors

Wojciech Datka
Wojciech Rachel
Tomasz Zyss
Krzysztof Szwajca
Marcin Jacek Jabłoński

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