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Can J Psychiatry. 2001 Oct;46(8):704-9.

The effect of electroconvulsive therapy on suicide risk in patients with mood disorders.

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Mood Disorders Program, Regional Mental Health Care London, 850 Highbury Avenue North, London, ON N6A 4H1. vsharma@uwo.ca

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To discuss the effect of electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) on suicide risk in patients with mood disorders.

METHOD:

A review of the available data on the short-term and long-term effects of ECT on suicide mortality among patients with mood disorders.

CONCLUSION:

ECT has an acute but not a long-term beneficial effect on suicidality. Due to the significant limitations of studies in this area, however, the data need to be interpreted with caution.

PMID:
11692972
DOI:
10.1177/070674370104600802
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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