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The Effect of Electroconvulsive Therapy on Executive Functioning in a Treatment-Resistant Man With Depression: A Case Report

Getz, Glen E. PhD; Edner, Benjamin J. MS; Nickell, P. V. MD

Journal of ECT:
doi: 10.1097/YCT.0000000000000086
Brief Clinical Report Letters

Abstract: This case examines the executive functioning in a 42-year-old married white man before receiving and after an index course of electroconvulsive therapy for 4 weeks using right unilateral lead placement. Results indicate clear cognitive improvements on objective measures of executive functioning, attention, and memory after electroconvulsive therapy. However, the patient expressed continued elevated impairments on the subjective questionnaire examining behaviors thought to be controlled by executive functioning.

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From the Department of Psychiatry, Allegheny General Hospital, Pittsburgh, PA.

Received for publication May 16, 2013; accepted September 30, 2013.

Reprints: Glen E. Getz, PhD, Department of Psychiatry, Allegheny General Hospital, Four Allegheny Center, Eighth Floor, Pittsburgh, PA 15212–5234 (e-mail:

The authors have no conflicts of interest or financial disclosures to report.

© 2014 by Lippincott Williams & Wilkins