Category Archives: Gender ECT

ECT in the BJP: a small world

The British Journal of Psychiatry has just (March 2021) published an article with the title “Electroconvulsive therapy for depression: 80 years of progress”. I do not have access to the article so will limit my comments to the authors, the … Continue reading

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Precision ECT

There is something in the Netherlands called The Precision Electroconvulsive Therapy Consortium. The consortium consists of three women and six men, although electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) in Western countries is generally given to more women than men. They have recently been … Continue reading

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Cognition is not a team sport

Last year the journal Acta Psychiatrica Scandinavica published an article by a group of Dutch and Belgian psychologists and psychiatrists about electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) and cognitive function (J. Obbels, E. Verwijk et al., Long-term neurocognitive functioning after electroconvulsive therapy in … Continue reading

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Charles Kellner and the women, part 2

I have written before about Charles Kellner (former editor of the Journal of ECT) and his choice of co-authors, almost invariably younger women who don’t have any discernible interest in electroconvulsive therapy (ECT). Is he, I wonder, trying to make … Continue reading

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ECT in the Czech Republic

Convulsive therapy originated in Central Europe when Laszlo Meduna experimented with chemically induced seizures, but we hear relatively little about its modern use in this part of the world so it was interesting to see the results of a survey … Continue reading

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Charles Kellner visits London

In my last post I wrote about American psychiatrist Charles Kellner, only to find that he will be visiting London later this month to talk at two ECT training days at the Royal College of Psychiatrists. In the United Kingdom … Continue reading

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Charles Kellner and the women

Charles Kellner is an authority on electroconvulsive therapy. On a recent article his affiliations were listed as chief of electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) at New York Community Hospital, Brooklyn, and adjunct professor of psychiatry at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount … Continue reading

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ECT and young men

In the United Kingdom, as in other Western countries, women and older people are overrepresented in electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) statistics. The most recent figures from the Royal College of Psychiatrists show that about two-thirds of ECT patients are women and … Continue reading

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Electroconvulsive therapy in Texas 2017

The Texas Department of State Health Services have recently published their annual statistics on the use of electroconvulsive therapy (ECT). Texas is one of the few places worldwide that collect and publish statistics on ECT use. Texas counts “reports” rather … Continue reading

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Two views on ECT, memory loss and consent

The open-access journal Life Sciences, Society and Policy has recently published an article about electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) by Patrick Seniuk, a doctoral student at Södertörn University, Stockholm, Sweden (“I’m shocked: informed consent in ECT and the phenomenological-self”). The author sets … Continue reading

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