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The Physiology of ECT - Part 1 of 4

Resource Type: Nursing Lecture
Listening Time: 29 Mins
Date Added: 30/05/2017
Date Recorded: 24/04/2015
Date Reviewed:
Event: Mental Health: Understanding Bipolar Disorder Including the Practice of ECT 2015
Location: Brisbane, Queensland
Topics: Mental Health

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ECT induces a controlled seizure in a person by passing electricity through the brain. Although fraught with controversy, this can be a very effective means of breaking the depressive cycle and even saving life. This session looks at the types of ECT, the known underlying physiology, how it is believed to work and its indication for use.

Topics covered

  • Neurogenesis and what is believed to happen to the brain as a result of the seizure
  • What is considered an adequate seizure and how long the seizure should last
  • How many seizures a person requires before their depression improves

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MMHlthNurs S.Qld., GradDipPsychSt S.Qld., RN. New topics - Clinical depression as a symptom of inflammation rather than a disease
Dr. Karen-Ann Clarke is a registered general and mental health nurse who has worked in a wide variety of acute and community care mental health settings. Working as an academic at the University of the Sunshine Coast, her PhD research explored how women diagnosed with depression made the decision to receive electroconvulsive treatment. She is now engaged in work that focuses on the medicalisation of women’s health and emotional wellbeing. Teaching more than 600 students every year and involved in immersive mental health simulation, Karen-Ann has a passion for working with students in a way t...

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