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Tijdschrift voor Psychiatrie 45 (2003) 1, 45 - 49

Case report

ECT as compulsory treatment. A case study

S. Kats, J.A. Bruijn, M.J.C.E. Blondeau, W.W. van den Broek

summary  Description of a patient diagnosed with a medicationresistent psychotic depression. Finally, electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) was the only treatment with a reasonable chance for recovery. Patient as well as his wife, as his representative, refused this treatment. The patient was treated with ect as a compulsory treatment with a good result. The medical considerations for and juridical aspects of compulsory treatment with ECT in the Netherlands are discussed.


keywords BOPZ, compulsory treatment, depression, electroconvulsive therapy