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Negoda A., Ryabinina A., Orlov F.

The Use of Electroconvulsive Therapy for the Treatment of Mental Disorders at the Present Stage of Psychiatry Development

Keywords: mental disorders, electroconvulsive therapy, the use of electroconvulsive therapy for treating persons of different ages

The use of electroconvulsive therapy for treating patients with mental disorders remains an unresolved problem, disagreements and divergence of views remain in the medical community, there are no unambiguous results of the studies. We analyzed the trend of treatment with its help in modern society in different categories of persons. Electroconvulsive therapy is commonly used in situations of acute risk, in patients with severe conditions who were found to be irresponsive to psychotropic drugs and if symptoms need to be quickly addressed. In patients with depression, the suicide mortality rate was decreased due to electroconvulsive therapy. Individual case studies reported about successful treatment of catatonia with its help, especially in cases of malignant form of the disease. A third of patients with schizophrenia does not respond well to standard treatment with antipsychotic medications and are cured against the background of this method. The use of electroconvulsive therapy in children and adolescents is controversial among the population and physicians, although medical recommendations for its use in adolescents and children are largely similar to those for adults. This method in the geriatric population was demonstrated to be relatively safe and well tolerated – especially when the first and second lines of therapy for such patients are ineffective or give only a partial response. Side effects include memory impairment, dizziness, and general anesthesia risks. Studies of cognitive impairments vary, too. Many experts claim that they are temporary, reversible and insignificant. Currently, there are no absolute medical contraindications for administering electroconvulsive therapy.


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Негода Алёна Сергеевна
студентка VI курса медицинского факультета, Chuvash State University, Russia, Cheboksary (; )
Рябинина Анна Сергеевна
студентка VI курса медицинского факультета, Chuvash State University, Russia, Cheboksary (; )
Орлов Федор Витальевич
кандидат медицинских наук, доцент кафедры психиатрии, медицинской психологии и неврологии, Chuvash State University, Russia, Cheboksary (; ORCID:

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Negoda A., Ryabinina A., Orlov F. The Use of Electroconvulsive Therapy for the Treatment of Mental Disorders at the Present Stage of Psychiatry Development [Electronic resource] // Acta medica Eurasica. – 2019. – №4. P. . – URL: