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Permanent Link: Bipolar & Unipolar Patients Show Similar Response to ECT: Psychiatric Times

Posted Dec 15 2009 12:00am

Patients With Bipolar and Unipolar Depression Show Similar Response to Electroconvulsive Therapy – Psychiatric Times .

“Results of a large study funded by the National Institute of Mental Health showed that electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) might be equally effective in both patients with unipolar depression and those with bipolar depression. The study, led by Samuel H. Bailine, MD, assistant professor in the department of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Zucker Hillside Hospital, Glen Oaks, NY, showed that the remission rate in both patient groups was higher than 60%.1

The authors concluded that guidelines for the treatment of unipolar and bipolar depression minimize the role of ECT. Based on the results of this study, they encourage physicians to consider the efficacy of ECT when treating patients with unipolar depression and bipolar depression. They also suggest that treatment algorithms should be modified.”

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