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The facts about Electroconvulsive Therapy

Walter van den Broek
May 3, 2012
Nice educational video for patients about ECT, made by the University of New South Wales in Australia. ..read more »

History of ECT

Walter van den Broek
February 20, 2012
At the Museo di Storia della Medicina della Sapienza at the University of Rome they are organizing an exhibition around the Bini–Cerletti apparatus for the administration of electro-shock. The authors are very careful in expressing their appreciation for this therapy. They disregarding the period of development of treatment of severe mental illness in that period. Consisting of much more dangerous treatment alternatives. Moreover, littel is mentioned about the improvement of technique, apparatus and indications for treatment with ECT. In Italy the use of ECT is very rare. Italian colleagues regret this, they would also would like to have the possibility .....read more »

Electroconvulsive Therapy Patient Information Video

Walter van den Broek
February 13, 2012
Excellent information in this video about Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) from Medicana life. Haven't written about ECT for a while, hope you find all the information on this site useful. The information about ECT is carefully selected by me, a psychiatrist with special interest in ECT and depression. Related posts on ECT can be found down this blog post. Another short introduction especially on indications for ECT by Dr Daniel Carlat can be found online here ..read more »

Deep Brain Stimulation in Alzheimer’s Disease

Walter van den Broek
December 22, 2011
Read a review on the use of deep brain stimulation (DBS). Wrote a lot of posts about this new treatment on this blog, mostly for treatment resistant depression. As with most new treatment options the new treatment is tried with other severe diseases. You can probably find some on this blog or down this post in the related posts section. The use of DBS in Alzheimer's disease drew my attention. Stimulating certain brain regions in a disease with a neurodegenerative character seems almost impossible. This review was written by members of the Canadian group who also published about the use .....read more »

Depression and ECT Information on Video

Walter van den Broek
August 9, 2011
Dr. Richard Jaffe, Depression on "The 10! Show" from EinsteinHealth on Vimeo. Clear and short explanation on depression and it's treatment, including ECT by Richard Jaffe MD. Richard Jaffe discussed the “winter blues” and some of the treatment options that are available to those suffering with depression. He also highlighted some of the new refinements that have been made in Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT) ..read more »

Long Term Efficacy of Deep Brain Stimulation

Walter van den Broek
July 4, 2011
New long term data on efficacy of deep brain stimulation for treatment resistant depression are available. The first follow up data up to 1 year were already promising. Published research about deep brain stimulation for treatment resistant depression showed that six months after surgery, 60% of patients were responders and 35% met criteria for remission, benefits that were largely maintained at 12 months. The average response rate to DBS after two and three years were 46,2% and 75%. More than one-third of patients were in remission at year 3. But what's more convincing functional impairment in the areas of physical .....read more »

Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation: An Update

Walter van den Broek
May 2, 2011
It's been a while since I posted a blog article on transcranial direct current stimulation. Probably not an exciting new therapy for psychiatric conditions but a exciting oportunity to study the actions of certain brain parts and a way of influencing these superficial parts of the brain. You can see the procedure in a video here: Video of Transcranial Dirrect Current Stimulation and Efficacy in Cognitive Neurorehabilitation. The first publication on memory and tDCS and it's mechanism of action can be read here: Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation, Brain Boost and Side-Effects. A recent publication shows that Transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS), .....read more »

ECT An Update

Walter van den Broek
April 3, 2011
ECT, current practice View more presentations from vdbroekw Last Friday had the pleasure of doing a presentation on the current practice of ECT for lay public. It was during the Publieksdag for the 140th birthday of the Dutch Association of Psychiatry during the annual conference in Amsterdam. Also found some excellent information on ECT on the Internet: A concise description mainly on the procedure Electroconvulsive therapy: MedlinePlus Medical Encyclopedia Medscape about Electroconvulsive therapy, a clear and thorough discussion about ECT Some older article: Electroconvulsive Therapy - NIH Consensus Statements - NCBI Bookshelf Well written information .....read more »

Shock: Electroconvulsive Therapy

Walter van den Broek
November 13, 2010
Short video about electro convulsive therapy (ECT) with people who have been there. Nuanced narrative with the positive and negative aspects of ECT ..read more »

ECT Hands On Experience

Walter van den Broek
July 12, 2010
Aqua is a very good writer, an inspiration for this old doctor. Recently see underwent ECT and is writing her experiences with this treatment on her blog: honestly, nuanced and informative. Not all is good news, but than you will not undergo ECT for nothing and she has been there. Please read her first post on this subject on her blog: ECT 1, Making The Decision, hope a lot will follow. ..read more »