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Electroconvulsive Therapy for an Urgent Social Indication

Kellner, Charles H. MD*; Tobias, Kristen G. BA; Jakubowski, Lisa M. RN; Ali, Zainab RN; Istafanous, Rafik M. MD

doi: 10.1097/YCT.0b013e3181a4878e
Case Report

Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) is often rapidly effective in relieving the symptoms of severe depression. We report the case of a female patient with recurrent depression whose family desperately wanted her to be well enough to participate in her daughter's wedding. They contacted our ECT service only days before the wedding. After a single bifrontal ECT, she was able to attend and enjoy this important family function. We review the literature on speed of response to ECT and the effect of a single ECT.

From the *Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York, NY; and †University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey-New Jersey Medical School, Newark, NJ.

Received for publication February 25, 2009; accepted February 25, 2009.

Reprints: Charles H. Kellner, MD, Mount Sinai School of Medicine (e-mail:

© 2009 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.