We report on the current experience of electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) in a modern regional psychiatric hospital in Austria. The article describes ECT in 120 psychiatric inpatients during 1980–1987. All patients were hospitalized, the main indications for ECT being “neuroleptic treatment resistance” and “catatonia/stupor.” Between 1980–1987, an average of 0.7% of admissions (0.6–2.75%) were treated with a course of 10 (62%) or 15 ECTs (25%), with 4% of patients requiring 15 ECTs or more. In more than one-half of the patients, bilateral electrode placement was used. All ECT was done under anesthesia and muscular relaxation. We find ECT to be a valuable treatment–technique for a subgroup of psychotic inpatients.
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