When therapy and anti-depressants no longer seem to be working, and the patient only gets worse and worse, what is the next option for treatment? Dr. Ronald R. Fieve, author of the recently published book "Bipolar Breakthrough," is here to give you the answers.
Dr. Fieve: Electroshock therapy is still clearly an approved treatment for severe, treatment resistant depression, oftentimes associated with hopelessness, chronic suicidal ideas, appetite loss; the patient's losing weight, suicidal, none of the drugs are happening, this is an emergency now, and oftentimes works very well. The patient comes in, on an out-patient basis now, has a few convulsions, comes in 3 times a week, someone's gotta accompany them, take them home. And they have a little memory loss for 2, 3, 4 weeks; it is an accepted treatment for severe, treatment resistant patients.
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