Patients' and Their Relatives' Attitudes Toward Electroconvulsive Therapy in Bipolar Disorder

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Abstract

Although electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) is a safe and efficacious treatment, there is a widespread negative view of ECT in public and professional circles. Previous studies that reported psychiatric patients' and their relatives' feelings and attitudes toward ECT revealed generally positive results. However, there are no data focusing on bipolar patients' and their relatives' attitudes toward ECT. In this study, the perspectives of 70 bipolar patients and their 70 relatives were examined before ECT. The study showed that the majority of patients and relatives believed they had not received adequate information about ECT, but they were satisfied with the treatment, found it beneficial, and maintained a positive attitude toward its use. The most commonly reported side effect was memory impairment. This is the first study focusing on bipolar patients' and their relatives' attitudes toward ECT in the literature.

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