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Electroconvulsive Therapy

  1. Adriana P. Hermida,
  2. William M. McDonald

Published Online: 30 JAN 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9780470479216.corpsy0299

Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology

Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology

How to Cite

Hermida, A. P. and McDonald, W. M. 2010. Electroconvulsive Therapy. Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology. 1–2.

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  1. Emory University School of Medicine

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 30 JAN 2010


Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) is one of the most effective somatic treatments for major depression and mania. For major depression, the remission rates in patients undergoing ECT are as high as 80%, even including those patients who previously failed multiple medication trials. The response to ECT is also faster than with medications, often occurring in the first three to five treatments.


  • treatment resistant depression;
  • treatment resistant mania;
  • mood disorders and somatic treatment;
  • ECT