The Efficiency of Electroconvulsive Therapy in the Treatment of Depression in the Elderly
Keywords:Electroconvulsive Therapy, Depression, Elderly
AbstractThe Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT) is a safe and effective treatment of depression in the elderly. With a high rate of remission may be the treatment of choice in cases of psychotic depression or when antidepressant treatment fails. Although its mechanism of action is unknown the therapeutic effects of ECT may be related to changes in cerebral blood flw. Studies confim differences in the effects of ECT according to patient age. There are side effects related to cognitive function. ECT is as safe for elderly patients and for young patients.
Psychiatry & Mental Health
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