Biological Therapies

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      • First studies of ECT as treatment for schizophrenia were disappointing with recovery lower than control group
      • Combination of medication and ECT effective for rapid reduction of symptoms
    • AO2
      • Effectiveness of ECT is inconsistent. APA study found no difference between ECT and anti-psychotic medication
      • Sarita et al - no difference in symptoms reduction bewteen ECT and simulated ECT
      • Because of risks of ECT, use has declined eg. memory dysfunction, brain damage
      • Tharyan and Adams - review of 26 studies found 'real' ECT more effective than 'sham' ECT
  • First studies of ECT as treatment for schizophrenia were disappointing with recovery lower than control group

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