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ECT for Geriatric Depression and Future Trends

ECT for Geriatric Depression and Future Trends CHAPTER 12 ECT for Geriatric Depression and Future Trends CATHER IN E j. D ATTO GERIATRIC P SYCH I ATRY U NIVERSITY OF P ENNSYLVANIA SARA H H . L!SANBY COLUM BIA UNIVERSITY COLu~mIA P RESByrERIAN MEDICAL CENTER INTRODUCTION Electroconvulsive therapy (EC T) ha s been proven effective for the treat­ ment o f depress ion (A merican Psyc hiatr ic Associa ti on, 1990) and recent s tudie s have s hown tha t its use a m o n g d ep ressed elderly patients is increasing. There a re m a n y more pharmaco the rapy alternatives available to treat psychiatric disorders today than there were w h en electroconvul­ s ive the rapy wa s first de\'elo p ed in 1938 (Endler, 1988). Despite th ese n um erous developments. however, a populat io n o f patien ts rema ins treatment -res istan t or intolerant to cu rrentl y a vailable medicati ons. In ad ditio n , for those w hose psychia tr ic disorder has led to th e develop­ ment of life- thrci"ltenin g conditions, namely ser iou s suicida l risk, perva ­ s ive d isorgani%<lt io http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Annual Review of Gerontology & Geriatrics Springer Publishing

ECT for Geriatric Depression and Future Trends

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Publisher
Springer Publishing
ISSN
0198-8794
eISSN
1944-4036
DOI
10.1891/0198-8794.19.1.249
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Abstract

CHAPTER 12 ECT for Geriatric Depression and Future Trends CATHER IN E j. D ATTO GERIATRIC P SYCH I ATRY U NIVERSITY OF P ENNSYLVANIA SARA H H . L!SANBY COLUM BIA UNIVERSITY COLu~mIA P RESByrERIAN MEDICAL CENTER INTRODUCTION Electroconvulsive therapy (EC T) ha s been proven effective for the treat­ ment o f depress ion (A merican Psyc hiatr ic Associa ti on, 1990) and recent s tudie s have s hown tha t its use a m o n g d ep ressed elderly patients is increasing. There a re m a n y more pharmaco the rapy alternatives available to treat psychiatric disorders today than there were w h en electroconvul­ s ive the rapy wa s first de\'elo p ed in 1938 (Endler, 1988). Despite th ese n um erous developments. however, a populat io n o f patien ts rema ins treatment -res istan t or intolerant to cu rrentl y a vailable medicati ons. In ad ditio n , for those w hose psychia tr ic disorder has led to th e develop­ ment of life- thrci"ltenin g conditions, namely ser iou s suicida l risk, perva ­ s ive d isorgani%<lt io

Journal

Annual Review of Gerontology & GeriatricsSpringer Publishing

Published: Jan 1, 1999

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