Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT) (2)
Doctor Jon Lieberman dispels some of the myths surrounding electroconvulsive therapy (ECT), which can be an effective treatment for depression.
My own opinion about ECT is very positive because I believe it saved my life. A lot of people think of ECT as would be seen in â€˜One Flew Over the Cuckooâ€™s Nestâ€™ or old science fiction movies, and itâ€™s nothing like that at all. Actually the anticipation of receiving ECT is worse than the doing. The frequency of ECT treatments vary with the level of severities. In the beginning of a treatment series, ECT might be administered as frequently as 3 times per week, and with an increasing positive response to ECT that can be decreased to 2 times a week, can be reduced to once a week and actually once a week on an out-patient basis. Usually when ECT is required at the level of 3 sessions per week, the person would be on an in-patient psychiatric unit.
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Doctor Jon Lieberman describes the experience of receiving electroconvulsive therapy - a painless procedure lasting a few seconds.
Doctor Jon Lieberman describes his experiences with treating depression, where antidepressant medication was abandoned in favor of electroconvulsive therapy (ECT).
Doctor Jon Lieberman outlines three treatments for depression - medication, talk therapy, and a combination of both. The combined approach has consistently been most successful.
Doctor Abraham Zangen explains that electroconvulsive therapy can be an effective treatment for patients who do not respond to antidepressant medication.
Doctor Jon Lieberman discusses the propsed mechanism of Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRIs), a controversial treatment for depression.
Doctor Abraham Zangen discusses a treatment developed by his group that uses transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) to treat depression.
Doctor Abraham Zangen point out that dopamine and BDNF levels in the nucleus accumbens and hippocampus of depressed patients are different. Treatment with antidepressants or ECT can impact these differences.
Doctor Jon Lieberman explains that the mortality rate for individuals diagnosed with depression disorder is as high as 15%.
Doctor Jon Lieberman explains that if an individual has had a depressive episode, the probability of having another increases significantly.
Doctor Jon Lieberman describes some of the life-events that may have been a factor in his first major depressive episode at 52 years of age.