Electroconvulsive Therapy

The FDA on ECT: Supporting a Vital Treatment

June 25, 2019

This new FDA order now allows patients who need and want ECT, as well as practitioners who perform it, to breathe a sigh of relief.

Treating Recalcitrant PTSD With ECT: Are We There Yet?

August 30, 2018

Given the severe burden, grave suffering, and lack of remission with standard therapeutics in many patients with PTSD, preliminary data on the role of ECT seems promising.

The Role of ECT in the Suicide Epidemic

August 24, 2018

The recent increase in suicides highlights the urgent need for better treatment of severe depression. ECT is an intervention proven to reduce suicidality, yet it is underused because of the associated stigma.

Inflammation and Response to ECT in Treatment-Resistant Depression

July 26, 2018

ECT is a highly effective treatment for depression, but a portion of patients fail to respond as hoped. Clinical variables have overall limited utility as a predictor of response. Is inflammation the key?

ECT for Self-Injurious Behavior in Autism: A New Indication

February 15, 2018

ECT has been found effective in mitigating the deleterious consequences of SIB.

Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation: A Look Under the Hood

January 19, 2018

It’s an FDA approved technology, but what exactly is TMS and why should you be aware of it?

ECT for Catatonia and Melancholia: No Need for Ambivalence

September 28, 2017

For ethical and economic reasons, when patients are acutely ill with catatonia and melancholia, ECT is best considered sooner rather than later.

ECT: History of a Psychiatric Controversy

June 23, 2017

The author interviews Jonathan Sadowsky, PhD, historian of psychiatry, about his book Electroconvulsive Therapy in America: The Anatomy of a Medical Controversy.

The Nose Knows

May 05, 2017

The latest news in geriatric psychiatry covers olfactory deficits in cognitively impaired patients, a smartphone app for older adults with serious mental illness, and adjunctive ketamine for late-life depression.

TMS Versus ECT: That Is the Question

October 03, 2016

Among patients with treatment-resistant MDD, transcranial magnetic stimulation wins the popular vote.