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Re: lack of success for patient

Posted by Tim Franklin on February 9, 1999, at 22:36:42

In reply to Re: lack of success for patient, posted by Elizabeth on February 5, 1999, at 19:04:54

> Tim,
> Has the patient been depressed the entire 6 years, or intermittently, and do you know which types of medications he has tried?
> What is the doctor suggesting as an alternative to ECT?
> One possible reason the doctor may be reluctant to recommend ECT is that the particular type of depression may be one that is not known to respond to ECT.
> Yeah, I know, I'm mostly just asking more questions, rather than providing answers - sorry. :-}
Pt. has received virtually all of the ssris plus lithium, MAOs, depakote and soon to start Celexa. Dr. says he is reluctant to start ECT for the usual reasons NOT because this depression may not respond to ECT. Dr is not suggesting any alternatives to ECT other than more medications which(as i have noted) have been ineffective fo 6 years. Yes, pt. has been depressed for all 6 years no remission. Did poop out on Prozac after initial success(about 3-4 months).
Thanks for your response.




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