Electroconvulsive therapy remains the most effective treatment for depression

Translated title of the contribution: Electroconvulsive therapy remains the most effective treatment for depression

Terje Martens, Krzysztof Gbyl

Abstract

This review summarises the current knowledge of electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) which is still the most potent and fast-acting antidepressant intervention. The modern procedure is safe when general precautions are taken. Cognitive side effects are transient in most patients, and concerns about side effects should not prevent relevant use. Due to the prognostic benefits of rapid remission, ECT should, in relevant patients, be considered early in the treatment course. Patients should be offered maintenance pharmacotherapy, and, in high-risk cases, tapering of the acute ECT course or maintenance ECT, in order to reduce the risk of relapse.

Translated title of the contributionElectroconvulsive therapy remains the most effective treatment for depression
Original languageDanish
JournalUgeskrift for Laeger
Volume184
Issue number14
ISSN0041-5782
Publication statusPublished - 4 Apr 2022

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