Inducing seizures among seniors

Hoag, Hannah
May 2008
CMAJ: Canadian Medical Association Journal;5/6/2008, Vol. 178 Issue 10, p1264
Academic Journal
The article reports on the use of electroconvulsive therapy in the brain for the treatment of depression among elderly in Canada. It relates that Canadian physicians anecdotally suggest that electroconvulsive therapy, like inducting seizures in the brain is becoming the norm in the treatment of the elderly for depression. It mentions that the treatment procedure is well accepted in the country, and is increasingly being delivered on an outpatient basis, which eliminates the need for overnight stay and reducing the risk of patient of exposure to hospital infections. INSET: Notes on electroconvulsive therapy.


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