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Shock Therapy and Antidepressant Drugs Best Options for Depression

January 12th 2006

Shock Therapy and Antidepressant Drugs Best Options for Depression

Depression and Mind

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 treatment”.        

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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