Electroconvulsive Therapy [NOOK Book]

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Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT), despite its controversial history, may well represent the only viable treatment for severe psychiatric illness in those for whom medication is not an option. In Electronconvulsive Therapy, Dr. Max Fink draws on over 50 years of clinical experience to describe this safe, painless, and often life-saving treatment.

Extensively revised and restructured since its original publication a decade ago, the book ...
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Electroconvulsive Therapy

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Overview


Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT), despite its controversial history, may well represent the only viable treatment for severe psychiatric illness in those for whom medication is not an option. In Electronconvulsive Therapy, Dr. Max Fink draws on over 50 years of clinical experience to describe this safe, painless, and often life-saving treatment.

Extensively revised and restructured since its original publication a decade ago, the book provides readers with a detailed explanation of the ECT procedure, helping them to better understand and prepare for treatment. Discussions of the mechanisms of actions have been updated and sections have been added on the use of ECT in pediatric populations and to treat movement disorders such as Parkinsons. Case studies of ECT patients illustrate its often dramatic success in relieving depression, mania, catatonia, and psychosis. Clarifying the many misconceptions surrounding the treatment, Dr. Fink reveals how anesthesia and muscle relaxation techniques reduce discomfort and risks to levels lower than those associated with psychiatric drugs. He then provides a historical perspective of the treatment, from the discovery of ECT and its widespread use beginning in the 1930s, to the 1950s when it was replaced by psychotropic drugs, to its revival in the last 30 years as a viable psychiatric treatment. Dr. Fink concludes with a straightforward discussion of the ethical issues surrounding ECT use, and on its similarities to and differences from other modern brain stimulation techniques.

The classic text on the subject, written by a renowned researcher and physician, Electroconvulsive Therapy is an excellent resource for patients, theirfamilies, and mental health professionals.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780199710942
  • Publisher: NetLibrary, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 12/1/2008
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 2
  • Sales rank: 484,866
  • File size: 590 KB

Meet the Author



Max Fink, MD, is Professor of Psychiatry and Neurology Emeritus at State University of New York at Stony Brook
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Table of Contents

1 What Is Electroconvulsive Therapy? 3

2 The Patient's Experience 10

3 The Treatment Technique 25

4 Side Effects and Memory Issues 34

5 Depressive Mood Disorders 43

6 Manic Mood Disorders 57

7 Movement Disorders 67

8 Other Uses: Psychosis, Pregnancy, and Status Epilepticus 75

9 Pediatric ECT 85

10 How Does ECT Work? 94

11 How Did Convulsive Therapy Originate? 103

12 Is Brain Stimulation an Alternative to ECT? 111

13 Is ECT Practice Ethical? 115

Appendices 121

Notes 129

Bibliography 139

Index 153

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 3, 2012

    Informative and easy to understand!

    This educational book identifies the benefits and the minimal risks of ECT. It helps to reduce the stigma of this life saving treatment, as well as explaining its history.

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