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The Physiology of ECT - Part 1 of 4


Resource Type: Nursing Lecture
Listening Time: 29 Mins
Date Added: 20/03/2017
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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Presenter Biographies

MMHlthNurs S.Qld., GradDipPsychSt S.Qld., RN. New topics - Clinical depression as a symptom of inflammation rather than a disease
Karen-Ann Clarke is a Registered General and Mental Health Nurse. She has a Master's degree in Mental Health Nursing and is currently completing a PhD, which explores how women create meaning and decisions about electro-convulsive therapy. Karen-Ann is a highly skilled professional with over 25 years of practical experience in mental health and general health environments, which have included the physical care of those individuals with a chronic mental health disorder. Karen-Ann is currently a Lecturer in Nursing (Mental Health) at the Sunshine Coast University. Her passion is working with stu...

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