Category Archives: ECT and memory loss

ECT in the Swedish National Quality Register

When John Read and co-authors were recently researching┬áthe use of electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) in England they had to send out requests for information to individual trusts (a hospital or group of hospitals) under the Freedom of Information Act. Some trusts … Continue reading

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ECT and ketamine: not the whole truth

In my last post I discussed an article in the Observer about the Manchester ECT and ketamine study. The article described how a number of mental health professionals had raised concerns about the study. On 30 June the Guardian gave … Continue reading

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More about the Manchester ECT-ketamine study

Last Sunday’s Observer printed an article about a letter, signed by nine psychologists and psychiatrists, raising concerns about the Manchester ECT and ketamine study. The letter was sent to participating NHS trusts, funding bodies and ethics committees (and, presumably, the … Continue reading

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ECT in The Atlantic

Last December the journal Nature Neuroscience published an article with the title “An electroconvulsive therapy procedure impairs reconsolidation of episodic memories in humans”. There was immediate media interest (for example, here at the BBC) with speculation that ECT could become … Continue reading

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Three women write an ECT article

In most Western countries women account for about two-thirds of people given electroconvulsive therapy (ECT). That, say psychiatrists, is simply because they are more likely to suffer from depression, the diagnosis for which ECT is most frequently used. Although it … Continue reading

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Latest ECT research from Sweden

Researchers from the Karolinska Institute in Sweden have just published an article about the effect of ECT on rats.* The article begins: “Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) is used to treat patients with major depressive disorder who do not respond to pharmacologic … Continue reading

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