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Shock Therapy Said To Ease Depression

Sure it hurts like hell, causes permanent brain damage, but the loss of brain cells will ease your depression. Patients certainly are likely to claim they are cured to avoid more treatment. -Steven Argue
Shock Therapy Eases Depression Symptoms

Wed Nov 3, 7:02 PM ET Health - HealthDay

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 3 (HealthDayNews) -- People with major depression experience improved mood, quality of life and daily living activities when treated with electroconvulsive therapy, or so-called shock therapy, a new study finds.

With ECT, patients are given a brief electrical shock to the brain to produce a generalized seizure, according to the study researchers at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center.

The study, which included 77 people with major depression, found that 66 percent of them showed improvement at both two and four weeks after ECT. The findings appear in the November issue of the British Journal of Psychiatry.

Earlier Wake Forest research had found that patients treated with ECT showed more improved function and quality of life than patients who took antidepressants.

"ECT produces a net improvement in health for most patients," study author Dr. Vaughn McCall, a professor and chairman of the department of psychiatry and behavioral medicine at Wake Forest, said in a prepared statement.

He said the findings indicate that a restrictive attitude toward ECT is not warranted. Last year, Britain's National Institute of Clinical Excellence recommended strict limits on the use of ECT.

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Re: Shock Therapy Said To Ease Depression

Or maybe this study is just saying that anit-depressants are worthless, since there was neither a control group recieving no therapy nor a group recieving psychological therapy.


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