Korean J Biol Psychiatry.  2008 May;15(2):75-82.

Electroconvulsive Therapy in Major Depressive Disorder

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  • 1Department of Psychiatry, College of Medicine, Korea Uni-versity, Seoul, Korea. leeminso@korea.ac.kr

Abstract

Major depressive disorder(MDD) is one of the most common diseases with serious health consequences such as increased morbidity, disability, and mortality. Electroconvulsive therapy(ECT) has been used as a treatment for mental disorder since the 1930s. A growing number of recent publications support the conclusions that ECT is an effective and safe treatment for depressed patients. Dosing strategies, frequency, safety, side effects and efficacy of ECT in MDD will be considered. ECT may be an alternative to treatment with antidepressants.

Keyword

Electroconvulsive therapy; Efficacy; Major depressive disorder

MeSH Terms

Antidepressive Agents
Depressive Disorder, Major
Electroconvulsive Therapy
Humans
Mental Disorders
Antidepressive Agents
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