Electroconvulsive Therapy in a Man With Autism Experiencing Severe Depression, Catatonia, and Self-InjuryWachtel, Lee Elizabeth MD*; Griffin, Merrie CRNA†; Reti, Irving Michael MBBS†Journal of ECT: March 2010 - Volume 26 - Issue 1 - pp 70-73 doi: 10.1097/YCT.0b013e3181a744ec Case Reports Abstract Author Information 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. From the *Kennedy Krieger Institute; and †Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD. Received for publication February 20, 2009; accepted March 16, 2009. Reprints: Lee Elizabeth Wachtel, MD, Kennedy Krieger Institute, Room 232, 707 N Broadway St, Baltimore, MD 21209 (e-mail: email@example.com). © 2010 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.