The Journal of ECT

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Journal of ECT:
doi: 10.1097/YCT.0b013e3181a4878e
Case Report

Electroconvulsive Therapy for an Urgent Social Indication

Kellner, Charles H. MD*; Tobias, Kristen G. BA†; Jakubowski, Lisa M. RN†; Ali, Zainab RN†; Istafanous, Rafik M. MD†

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Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) is often rapidly effective in relieving the symptoms of severe depression. We report the case of a female patient with recurrent depression whose family desperately wanted her to be well enough to participate in her daughter's wedding. They contacted our ECT service only days before the wedding. After a single bifrontal ECT, she was able to attend and enjoy this important family function. We review the literature on speed of response to ECT and the effect of a single ECT.

© 2009 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.


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