ECT on kids

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Just saw this article on MyHealthNewsDaily

According to a new study, 76 percent of children showed significant improvements in their symptoms. The treatment was particularly effective for those patients with depression — 17 out of 20 children diagnosed with depression showed significant amelioration. “I think a lot of the concerns [with the therapy] have to do with a lay person’s impression of ECT — that it’s an old and barbaric type treatment, but indeed it’s not,” said study researcher Dr. Laura Gilley-Hensley, of the University of Utah Neuropsychiatric Institute. Gilley-Hensley and her colleagues reviewed the medical charts of 46 patients between the ages of 10 and 18 who received ECT over the last 25 years. Most had depression, depression with psychosis or bipolar disorder.

The study was presented in New York City on Oct. 28 at the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry’s annual meeting.

I don’t think the study addresses the question: At what age is too young for someone to receive ECT?



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