ORIGINAL ARTICLE: PDF OnlyA Prospective Follow-Up Study of Cognitive Functions After Electroconvulsive TherapyAbrams, Richard M.D.; Taylor, Michael Alan M.D.Author Information Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, University of Health Sciences/The Chicago Medical School, North Chicago, Illinois, U.S.A. Convulsive Therapy: March 1985 - Volume 1 - Issue 1 - p 4-9 Free Abstract The authors studied primarily nonmemory cognitive functioning in a sample of 13 melancholic patients tested prior to electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) and at various intervals during a 1–2 year post-ECT follow-up period. Compared with 13 age-matched normal controls, the patients performed significantly worse at baseline and immediately after the sixth ECT, but were not significantly different at the 30-day, 6-month, and 1–2 year assessments. At 1–2 years post-ECT, cognitive impairment among patients was substantially and significantly less than observed pre-ECT. © Lippincott-Raven Publishers.