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Research progress of right unilateral electroconvulsive therapy for major depressive disorder

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DOI: 10.23977/medsc.2023.040117 | Downloads: 15 | Views: 384

Author(s)

Li Qiao 1, Tan Pei 2

Affiliation(s)

1 Department of Rehabilitation, Chongqing Mental Health Center, Chongqing, 400020, China
2 Department of Early Intervention on Mental Illness, Chongqing Mental Health Center, Chongqing, 400020, China

Corresponding Author

Tan Pei

ABSTRACT

Major depressive disorder (MDD) is the most prevalent form of neuropsychiatric disorder and a leading cause of disability in many developed countries. The efficacy of ECT in the treatment of major depression has been demonstrated by numerous studies over the past decades. However, the use of right unilateral (RUL) and bilateral (BL) ECT has been controversial. Therefore, this study aimed to compare the efficacy of RUL ECT and BL ECT for the treatment of depression. We reviewed studies on major depression and found that high-dose short-pulse right unilateral ECT for depression appears to be as effective as short-pulse biphasic ECT and appears to confer some cognitive advantages.

KEYWORDS

Major depressive disorder; Electroconvulsive therapy; Right unilateral electroconvulsive therapy; Bilateral unilateral electroconvulsive therapy

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Li Qiao, Tan Pei, Research progress of right unilateral electroconvulsive therapy for major depressive disorder. MEDS Clinical Medicine (2023) Vol. 4: 111-115. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.23977/medsc.2023.040117.

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