Adrenergic receptors in depression. Effects of electroconvulsive therapy.

  title={Adrenergic receptors in depression. Effects of electroconvulsive therapy.},
  author={Stephen J. Cooper and John G. Kelly and David J. King},
  journal={The British journal of psychiatry : the journal of mental science},
Platelet alpha 2-and lymphocyte beta 2-adrenoceptor densities, plasma noradrenaline and serum cortisol were measured before, during and one week after a course of EEG-monitored electroconvulsive therapy, in nine depressed patients. A 50% fall in Hamilton Depression Rating scores occurred after a fairly consistent total seizure time, regardless of the amount of ECT given. Platelet alpha 2-adrenoceptor densities showed a statistically significant fall after three ECTs, but were unchanged after… CONTINUE READING
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