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Individualized, ultrabrief ECT effective for geriatric MDD

from Medscape

An individualized, ongoing electroconvulsive therapy program, in combination with antidepressants, achieves sustained remission and prevents relapse in older patients with severe depression, new results from a two-phase study indicate. Charles H. Kellner, M.D., Department of Psychiatry, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York City, and colleagues initially administered right unilateral ultrabrief pulse ECT, which is designed to minimize cognitive effects, plus medication to patients aged 60 years and older who had severe depression. more

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