Category Archives: Risks

ECT and dementia

There are few long-term studies of electroconvulsive therapy (ECT). But in Sweden a group of 55 people who received ECT at Lund University Hospital between 1976 and 1983 (all voluntary patients of one psychiatrist) were given various tests over the … Continue reading

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ECT in Worcester

On 22 February 2016 the Daily Mail ran an article about a doctor who was left damaged by electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) that she underwent at the Worcestershire Royal Hospital in 2004 and 2005. “The mother-of-three says her speech and mobility … 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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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 dementia

In my last post I mentioned the Atos Evidence Based Protocol for the Disability Analyst on depression. On the subject of electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) this document states: “There is no evidence that it causes brain damage or permanent intellectual impairment”. However, a … Continue reading

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1 in 50,000

Central and North West London (CNWL) NHS Foundation Trust produce a patient information leaflet on electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) which makes the astonishing claim that the “risk of any problems” is one in 50,000 treatments. “ECT is amongst the safest medical … Continue reading

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How safe is the week after ECT?

In their 13th biennial report the Mental Health Act Commission (MHAC) revealed that 39 detained patients had died within in a week of electroconvulsive therapy over a four-year period (2005-2008). All the deaths were ascribed to natural causes, although the report … Continue reading

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