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Journal of ECT:
doi: 10.1097/YCT.0b013e3181a744ec
Case Reports

Electroconvulsive Therapy in a Man With Autism Experiencing Severe Depression, Catatonia, and Self-Injury

Wachtel, Lee Elizabeth MD*; Griffin, Merrie CRNA†; Reti, Irving Michael MBBS†

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We report the successful use of electroconvulsive therapy in a 19-year-old man with autism and mild mental retardation who developed severe depression with repeated suicide attempts, multiple symptoms of catatonia, and life-threatening repetitive self-injurious behaviors. After 3 years of failed psychotropic and behavioral interventions in inpatient settings, the patient demonstrated excellent remission of symptoms with bilateral electroconvulsive therapy.

© 2010 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.


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