Nursing Pharmacology Clinical Case:  Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT) for Depression and the Sympathetic Nervous System

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  • A 48-year old woman with post-menopausal depression was admitted to the hospital after a suicide attempt. She had been previously treated at various times with SSRIs (serotonin-specific reuptake inhibitors) antidepressants, tricyclic antidepressants, and lithium--all with
    marginal results.

  • Electoconvulsive therapy (ECT)
    was recommended.

  • Case author: Hugh S. Mathewson,
    M.D., Professor Emeritus, School of Allied
    Health, Department of Nurse Anesthesia,
    University of Kansas Medical Center

  • CSase editor: Michael Gordon, Ph.D. Associate
    Professor, University of Kansas Medical Center