There have been few published reports on the use of electroconvulsive therapy in the treatment of Tourette's syndrome.We present a case of a woman with preexisting Tourette's syndrome, which had been latent for some years, that was exacerbated with the onset of a major depressive episode. Both the tics and the depressive symptoms completely remitted after eight sessions of electroconvulsive therapy. Possible mechanisms of this effect are discussed.
From the Department of Psychiatry, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
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Received for publication July 2, 1997; revision received November 12, 1997.