Published Online: 30 JAN 2010
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Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology
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Hermida, A. P. and McDonald, W. M. 2010. Electroconvulsive Therapy. Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology. 1–2.
- 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;