Biological therapies for depression

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  • Biological therapies for depression
    • Drugs
      • SSRI's
        • Safety - increased suicide
        • Significant advantage in several depressed individuals
        • Risk for adolescents
      • Less useful when given to children
      • Short term (4-6 weeks)
    • ECT
      • Severe depression
        • Quicker results so less risk of suicide
      • Bilateral/unilateral
        • Unilateral less likely to cause psychological side effects
      • Psychological and physical side effects
      • Significantly better results than sham ECT
      • 0.6 amp


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