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Vol 11, No 3 (2014)
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Electroconvulsive therapy — an effective and safe alternative for ineffective pharmacotherapy

Anna Z. Antosik-Wójcińska, Łukasz Święcicki
Psychiatria 2014;11(3):166-170.

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Vol 11, No 3 (2014)
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Abstract

Induction of seizures in order to improve the mental state has a long history, but electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) still remain controversial. Despite the changes in techniques of the procedure, which caused the reduction of the risk and great improvement of the comfort of the patient, both during the procedure, and after it, by some patients and clinicians ECT is still considered as outdated and inefficient method which does not apply to modern psychiatry. This opinion is completely wrong. The article includes information about electroconvulsive therapy, its efficacy, safety and the rules of qualification and preparation of the patient for ECT treatment.

Abstract

Induction of seizures in order to improve the mental state has a long history, but electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) still remain controversial. Despite the changes in techniques of the procedure, which caused the reduction of the risk and great improvement of the comfort of the patient, both during the procedure, and after it, by some patients and clinicians ECT is still considered as outdated and inefficient method which does not apply to modern psychiatry. This opinion is completely wrong. The article includes information about electroconvulsive therapy, its efficacy, safety and the rules of qualification and preparation of the patient for ECT treatment.

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Keywords

electroconvulsive therapy, ECT, seizures, depression, schizophrenia

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Title

Electroconvulsive therapy — an effective and safe alternative for ineffective pharmacotherapy

Journal

Psychiatria (Psychiatry)

Issue

Vol 11, No 3 (2014)

Article type

Review paper

Pages

166-170

Bibliographic record

Psychiatria 2014;11(3):166-170.

Keywords

electroconvulsive therapy
ECT
seizures
depression
schizophrenia

Authors

Anna Z. Antosik-Wójcińska
Łukasz Święcicki

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