ECT and women

Women account for 70 per cent of the ECT used in the UK. Psychiatrists are complacent about this statistic, claiming that it is explained by the fact that women are more likely to be treated for depression. But the latest Hospital Episode Statistics show that men account for over 42 per cent of hospital admissions for depression. Women, even allowing for the fact that they are more likely to be treated for depression, appear to be over-represented in the ECT statistics. Isn’t it time someone tried to work out why?

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