When is electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) indicated in the treatment of major depressive disorder (clinical depression)?

Updated: Oct 07, 2019
  • Author: Jerry L Halverson, MD; Chief Editor: David Bienenfeld, MD  more...
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Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) is a highly effective treatment for depression. The indications for ECT include the following:

  • Need for a rapid antidepressant response

  • Failure of drug therapies

  • History of good response to ECT

  • Patient preference

  • High risk of suicide

  • High risk of medical morbidity and mortality

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