Posted by linkadge on August 26, 2012, at 15:48:51
In reply to Re: Before Maois Was there any Tx for Depression? » linkadge, posted by Bob on August 25, 2012, at 17:04:39
Although I don't recommend the use of ECT even nowadays, there have probably been some improvements in the way it is administered since then.
I don't doubt that ECT has been used as a form of behavioral control. ECT can certainly cause cognitive impairment, and there is human evidence that this impairment increases with the number of treatments.
I personally think that pharmacological treatment of depression has become progressively less effective over time. I.e. stimulants > MAOI > TCA > SSRI.