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Treatment of Agitation and Aggression in Four Demented Patients Using ECT

Grant, Jon E. J.D., M.D.*; Mohan, Sushila N. M.D.

Case Reports

Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) has been shown to be effective in treating the behavioral symptoms associated with psychiatric disorders in demented patients. Four case studies are presented that show its efficacy in treating behavioral symptoms in demented patients. We suggest that ECT is beneficial in these potentially life-threatening behavioral disturbances.

*Department of Psychiatry, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis; and †Minneapolis, Minnesota, U.S.A.

Received March 21, 2000; accepted November 16, 2000.

Address correspondence to Dr. J. E. Grant, Department of Psychiatry, University of Minnesota Medical School, 2450 Riverside Ave., West Building, Minneapolis, MN 55454-1495, U.S.A. E-mail: grant045@

© 2001 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.