Psychological factors related to the experience of and reaction to electroconvulsive therapy

  title={Psychological factors related to the experience of and reaction to electroconvulsive therapy},
  author={Paul Fisher},
  journal={Journal of Mental Health},
  pages={589 - 599}
  • P. Fisher
  • Published 1 December 2012
  • Psychology, Medicine
  • Journal of Mental Health
Background Aside from the focus on satisfaction levels, psychological aspects of the experience of electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) have not traditionally been the focus of significant research. Given that clinical psychologists work closely with professionals involved in administering ECT, and have increasing involvement with decisions about ECT, there is a potential role for clinical psychologists in this area. Aims To review the diverse sources of literature regarding how patients… 

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