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Monday, November 25, 2013
  Clinical Accuracy Spoken Here  

Depression 2.0: Use of Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT)

The Consortium for Research in ECT published a study that found an 86 percent remission rate for those with severe major depression. The same study found it to be effective in reducing chances of relapse when the patients underwent follow-up treatments.

Despite its poor public image, ongoing studies have supported assertions that it is a safe and highly effective treatment for the management of acute episodes of a variety of serious mental disorders that are resistant to multiple interventions with alternative treatments.

Researchers continue to look for ways to reduce the side effects of ECT while retaining the benefits.

[Reference: Depression 2.0, Module C, Non-Pharma Treatment]

  Excellence in Case Mgmt  

Depression 2.0: Understand Use of CAMs

There are a plethora of types of Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) such as meditation, prayer or therapeutic touch which may be explored in the search to relieve depression, anxiety and stress.

There are frequently no evidence-based studies supporting the efficacy of these CAM approaches for the treatment of depression, but for the CMs and other transdisciplinary team members who are seeking an open line of communication with patients, knowledge of what patients are exploring may prove valuable.

[Reference: Depression 2.0, Module C, Non-Pharma Treatment]

  Improving Patient Care...  

Depression 2.0: Experimental BST Hold Promise

The 75 year reign of ECT as the only substantially used Brain Stimulation Therapy (BST) is at an end, as newer, experimental brain stimulation methods are being tested including:

  • Repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS)
  • Vagus nerve stimulation (VNS)
  • Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS)
  • Magnetic Seizure Therapy (MST)
  • Focal Electrically Administered Seizure Therapy (FEAST)
Brain stimulation therapies hold promise for treating certain mental disorders that do not respond to more conventional treatments.

[Reference: Depression 2.0, Module C, Non-Pharma Therapies]


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