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Re: more ECT for treatment resistant depression?

Posted by noa on June 23, 2003, at 20:17:10

In reply to Re: more ECT for treatment resistant depression? Merci, posted by Squiggles on June 19, 2003, at 9:42:29

Interesting--both ECT and Lamictal are in the news. yesterday, on CBS Sunday Morning, they did a feature on severe depression and ECT, as well as Transcranial Magnetic stimulation. They interviewed Kitty Dukakis who had taken ADs for years after her admission of alcoholism and depression, but the meds pooped out and then she had ECT, with success.

Today, it was announced that Lamictal has received official approval for treatment of bipolar disorder. The funny thing about it for me was that the newscaster said it is the first breakthrough in years,etc. etc. for treatment of bipolar, while we know that pdocs have been prescribing it for years for this purpose anyway. The other thing they said on the news that puzzled me was that Lamictal is the first med that treats bipolar long term and not just addressing short term symptoms. That doesn't sound correct to me, as lithium and other meds have been long term treatments in use for a long time.


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