Exploring Biomarkers of Electroconvulsive Therapy in Major Depression

May 24, 2023

Depression is one of the most common psychiatric disorders. In addition to medication and psychotherapy, electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) has long been used for treatment. Despite its proven efficacy and safety, our aim is to further improve ECT in order to more accurately predict therapeutic success and to understand the underlying mechanisms in even greater detail.

We want to understand ECT more precisely in order to further improve and individualize the treatment of our patients. To do this, we need the help of our patients: Our study is aimed at inpatients who are being treated with ECT.

We ask participants to fill out four questionnaires about their symptoms once a week. At the beginning, in the middle and at the end of the study, we will also conduct a short interview. We will also draw blood on three occasions, each three weeks apart.

Are you interested in helping us with our research? Then please contact your attending physician. You are also welcome to send us an e-mail: detect@psych.mpg.de .

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