Magazine article Clinical Psychiatry News

Suicidality in Depression Resolved Rapidly with ECT. (Three Sessions Usually Sufficient)

Magazine article Clinical Psychiatry News

Suicidality in Depression Resolved Rapidly with ECT. (Three Sessions Usually Sufficient)

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BOCA RATON, FLA. -- Electroconvulsive therapy can bring about a rapid reduction in suicidality among depressed patients, even those with a history of suicide attempts, Dr. Charles E. Kellner said in a poster presentation at a meeting of the New Clinical Drug Evaluation Unit sponsored by the National Institute of Mental Health.

"The effect is more robust than the effect on depression per se. ... After three sessions, almost all [patients] are better," Dr. Kellner of the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey New Brunswick, said in an interview.

Suicidality is frequently exhibited by depressed patients who are referred for ECT. In the study presented by Dr. Kellner, 235 of 405 patients had scores of 2 or above at baseline on the Hamilton Rating Scale for Depression (HAM-D) question 3, which addresses suicidality. Suicidality was comparable among the patients with psychotic (51% of 130) and nonpsychotic (56% of 267) depression. …

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