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Am J Psychiatry. 1986 Aug;143(8):1030-2.

ECT response in depressed patients with and without a DSM-III personality disorder.


Twenty-five inpatients with DSM-III major depressive disorder received ECT and were interviewed with the Structured Interview for DSM-III Personality Disorders. Patients with and patients without a personality disorder had similar short-term responses to ECT. The results of a 6-month prospective follow-up showed that depressed patients with a personality disorder were significantly more symptomatic and eight times more likely to be rehospitalized.

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