Shock Therapy and
Antidepressant Drugs Best Options for Depression
It appears that antidepressant drugs don’t increase the risk of suicide,
and shock treatment may be the most effective therapy for depression,
especially if psychotic symptoms include hallucinations. This is
according to research done at the University of Edinburgh and the
University of Aberdeen.
Depression is a common condition affecting between 15 and 17 percent of
people over their lifetime. This is how many people are diagnosed with
depression, but the real numbers are likely higher. In fact according
to the study only 25 to 50 percent of those affected seek treatment.
The researchers looked at 65,000 children and adults treated for
depression over a ten year period starting in 1992. They found that
suicide risk declines after treatment begins with medications such as
serotonin Reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs). This is the conclusion reached
after five years of analysis and research into depression.
Depression can be incapacitating and sometimes fatal. Electroconvulsive
therapy (ECT - sometimes called shock therapy), once thought to be
barbaric, may hold promise for those that suffer from certain types of
depression. In fact the study calls it the “gold standard of
The researchers call the treatment “humane”. According to the study,
ECT can sometimes be lifesaving. The images in the movies are somewhat
misleading and may discourage treatment.
The study published in Lancet also addressed neurosurgery, transcranial
magnetic stimulation, magnetic seizure therapy and vagal nerve
stimulation but considers most of them to be experimental.
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