Category Archives: Gender ECT

ECT in Scotland, Texas and Queensland

There are few places in the world that collect and publish reasonably accurate statistics on the use of electroconvulsive therapy. Scotland and Texas, USA, publish annual reports on the use of ECT; Queensland, Australia, recently published some statistics in response … Continue reading

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ECT in the Republic of Ireland: women, men, and misquoted statistics

In my last post I discussed the latest statistics on electroconvulsive (ECT) use in the Republic of Ireland, which can be found in a report by the Mental Health Commission. The report showed that two-thirds of those give ECT in … Continue reading

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Do statistics have a use by date?

The website of Mental Health America (“the nation’s leading community-based non-profit dedicated to helping all Americans achieve wellness by living mentally healthier lives”) has a page on electroconvulsive therapy (ECT). “Today, ECT is administered to an estimated 100,000 people a … 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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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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Two versions of ECT

The Royal College of Psychiatrists has recently published a leaflet on men and depression. Men, it says, “seem to suffer from depression just as often as women, but they are less likely to ask for help.” There is a short section … Continue reading

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ECT and gender in Scotland

The latest issue of The Psychiatrist (the journal of the Royal College of Psychiatrists) contains an article by Fiona Martin and Tim Elworthy with the title “Scottish psychiatrists’ attitudes to electroconvulsive therapy: survey analysis”. Psychiatrists in Scotland were sent a … Continue reading

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