Category Archives: Techniques

ECT and ketamine: the Manchester study results

The Manchester ECT and ketamine study has featured several times on this blog (just type ketamine into the search box and the posts will appear). The study is funded to the tune of about a million pounds by the National … Continue reading

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Unilateral v bilateral ECT in Ireland

In my last post I mentioned a study published nearly fifty years ago, in 1968, in the British Journal of Psychiatry (M. Valentine, K.M.G. Keddie and D. Dunne, “A comparison of techniques in electro-convulsive therapy”). The authors concluded that unilateral … 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 The draft guidance document contains recommendations (nothing legally binding) on how … Continue reading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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The Manchester ECT and ketamine study

Two weeks ago Manchester University put out a press release about their study on electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) and ketamine, for which they are just starting to recruit patients. The researchers, who have received a grant of over a million pounds, … Continue reading

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Unmodified ECT in India

A recent issue of the Indian Journal of Psychiatry (which is an open access journal) includes an article by Chittaranjan Andrade and others entitled “Position statement and guidelines on unmodified electroconvulsive therapy”.* The article was commissioned by the Indian Association of Private … Continue reading

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Electroconvulsive therapy: old and new

Carrie Fisher recently talked about her experience of undergoing electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) on the Oprah Winfrey show: “Did you see One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest? Well, it’s not like that.” She went on, apparently, to say she’s put to … Continue reading

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