Electroconvulsive Therapy: Clinical Uses, Efficacy and Long-Term Health Effects


Kathleen Braddock (Editor)

Series: Psychiatry – Theory, Applications and Treatments
BISAC: PSY042000

This book begins with a basic sequential guide to the clinical procedures of Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) in common circumstances. ECT is currently the most efficacious treatment for severe depression, and several researchers have reported anatomical, chemical and functional alterations after ECT. It is becoming increasingly well-established that maternal mental illness has a significant impact on the development of the fetus as well as the ability of the mother to parent her baby.

For some women with severe mental illness in pregnancy pharmacological therapy can be problematic with a delay to response and therefore risk to maternal morbidity and mortality as well as the risks of this to the fetus. ECT has long been used as a treatment for severe mental illness and in some cases it may offer a viable option for treating these more severe disorders in pregnancy. This book discusses the clinical uses, the efficacy and the long-term health effects ECT has on patients. (Imprint: Nova)

Table of Contents

Table of Contents


Chapter 1 – A Guide to the Procedures of ECT (pp. 1-32)
Conrad M. Swartz (Department of Psychiatry, Oregon Health & Science University, Portland, and others)

Chapter 2 – ECT in Pregnancy and the Postpartum (pp. 33-62)
Josephine Power, Richard Hiscock, Megan Galbally, Susan Walker and Timothy Rolfe (Mercy Hospital for Women, Melbourne, and others)

Chapter 3 – An Evidence-Informed Model for the Modern Practice of Electroconvulsive Therapy (pp. 63-116)
Amer M. Burhan, Sarah Jarmain and Verinder Sharma (St. Joseph’s Health Care London and Psychiatry Department at Western University)

Chapter 4 – Possible Involvement of Electroconvulsive Stimulation in Hippocampal Neurogenesis (pp. 117-146)
Masanobu Ito and Toshihito Suzuki (Department of Psychiatry, Faculty of Medicine, Juntendo University, Tokyo, Japan, and others)


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