Category Archives: Electrical parameters

ECT and ketamine: the published results

Two groups of psychiatrists in the United Kingdom have been carrying out studies on the use of ketamine during ECT, one group in Scotland and the other in England. I have featured the studies here, here, here, here and here. Both … Continue reading

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ECT at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Gateshead

On 11 March 2016 the Daily Mirror reported on an inquest into the death of a 71 year old woman who died following electroconvulsive therapy (ECT), given at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Gateshead. Elsie Tindle was deemed to lack capacity … Continue reading

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The FDA and ECT: nothing new under the sun

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in the United States has issued one of their periodic proposals to reclassify ECT machines in a lower risk category (for treating depression in adults). The draft guidance document contains recommendations (nothing legally binding) on how … Continue reading

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ECT: brief pulse v ultra brief pulse

There are few women among the big names of electroconvulsive therapy (ECT). One of the few is Australian psychiatrist Colleen Loo: “an active clinician and researcher, with a particular interest in electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) and novel treatments for mood disorders, … Continue reading

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High use of ECT in Sweden 2013

A recent article for the Journal of ECT looks at the use of electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) in Sweden (Electroconvulsive therapy in Sweden 2013: data from the National Quality Register for ECT by Pia Nordanskog et al. ) As the authors … 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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ECT, DBS and patents

The International Society for ECT and Neurostimulation (formerly the Association for Convulsive Therapy) is a group for psychiatrists who are interested in ECT. It was set up in 1976 and earlier this month held its 24th annual meeting. On the … Continue reading

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