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Tijdschrift voor Psychiatrie 34 (1992) 2

New research

Electroconvulsive therapy in Holland: beyond its current limitations

W.H.L. Schornagel, V.C.C.A. Assmann

In our opinion the emotional part of the public opinion has had a too big influence on the current indication for ECT. In the Netherlands the indication is narrowed to life-threatening and therapy-resistant depression. We argue that ECT should be one of the first-choice treatments for severe forms of depression, especially among elderly people.