The Efficiency of Electroconvulsive Therapy in the Treatment of Depression in the Elderly

  • Bruna Furtado Rolim Lima
  • Adriana Araújo de Alencar
  • Daniela Matos Carneiro
  • Inêz Gabrielle Duarte de Sousa
  • Jonathan Almeida Moura
  • Raízza Caroline de Andrade Viana
  • Sonilde Saraiva Januário
  • Edglê Pedro de Sousa Filho
  • Uilna Natércia Soares Feitosa
  • Daniela Cavalcanti e Silva Novais Carval
  • Dayse Christina Rodrigues Pereira Luz
  • Raimundo Tavares de Luna Neto
  • Natália Bastos Ferreira
  • Modesto Leite Rolim Neto

Abstract

The Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT) is a safe and effective treatment of depression in the elderly. With a high rate of remission may be the treatment of choice in cases of psychotic depression or when antidepressant treatment fails. Although its mechanism of action is unknown the therapeutic effects of ECT may be related to changes in cerebral blood flw. Studies confim differences in the effects of ECT according to patient age. There are side effects related to cognitive function. ECT is as safe for elderly patients and for young patients.

Published
Jun 7, 2015
How to Cite
ROLIM LIMA, Bruna Furtado et al. The Efficiency of Electroconvulsive Therapy in the Treatment of Depression in the Elderly. International Archives of Medicine, [S.l.], v. 8, june 2015. ISSN 1755-7682. Available at: <http://imed.pub/ojs/index.php/iam/article/view/1193>. Date accessed: 22 sep. 2019. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.3823/1727.
Section
Psychiatry & Mental Health

Keywords

Electroconvulsive Therapy;Depression; Elderly

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