Category Archives: ECT and young people

ECT given to young child(ren) in England

In England the NHS publishes statistics on the use of electroconvulsive therapy (ECT). Unfortunately, because many hospitals do not report their use of ECT, the statistics only pick up a fraction of ECT used, probably about a fifth to a … Continue reading

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ECT and young people in China

China accounts for over one sixth of the world’s population, but it generally does not receive much attention in discussions on the use of electroconvulsive therapy (ECT). Such discussions generally centre on its use in Western countries, especially English-speaking ones, with only … Continue reading

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ECT and young people

The November 2014 issue of the British Journal of Psychiatry included a review of a book called Electroconvulsive therapy in children and adolescents. The author of the review, Gordana Milavic, is a child and adolescent psychiatrist at the Maudsley Hospital, … Continue reading

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ECT without consent in Australia

Earlier this month the Australian newspaper The Age published an article entitled “Reforms to give consumers a say”, which said: ‘A NEW tribunal will be required to approve electroconvulsive therapy treatment for involuntary patients as part of an overhaul of Victoria’s … Continue reading

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ECT in the media in New Zealand

This month has seen three articles about electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) on the Stuff website in New Zealand. One article (Electroconvulsive therapy endures by Michelle Cook) featured a woman who had undergone ECT at Porirua Hospital 56 years ago when she was 18 and … Continue reading

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Not just a statistic

While in the UK there have been no follow-up studies of young people who have had electroconvulsive therapy (ECT), in Australia there is one brief such study. Garry Walter and colleagues interviewed 26 people who had had ECT when they … Continue reading

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ECT and young people

Is the use of electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) in young people disappearing in the United Kingdom? In Scotland, according to the Scottish ECT Accreditation Network in 2009, no-one under the age of 20 had undergone ECT since 2005. In England no … Continue reading

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