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Important Notice: The Forum does not endorse any medical
product or therapy. ALL medications and supplements
should be taken ONLY under the supervision of a physician,
due to the possibility of side-effects, drug interactions,
(see Price, T.R. and Mcallister, T.W. 1989).
ECT is used for agitation in demented patients. As agitation can be caused by delirium
and other acute-onset medical problems (irremediable and possibly exacerbated by
ECT), this mode of therapy should only be used with extreme caution, by able and
experienced specialists. Special concerns for the use of ECT include legal consent,
workup, technique (unilaterality of electrode placement, schedule of sessions, etc.),
and continued care.
The benefits of ECT are impressive. Up to 90% of patients respond positively. The
side effects are short-term memory impairment, which is almost always transient
and reversible. Furthermore, in patients with dementia, the overall memory ends
up improved up to half the time.