The authors review the records of 6 patients with Huntington's disease (HD) who received electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) for depression. Five patients met criteria for major depression and 1 for bipolar disorder, depressed. None of the patients had responded to pharmacologic intervention, and 5 improved after ECT treatment. The 2 patients who had prominent delusions showed the greatest improvement. Apathy, and to some extent irritability, responded less well. One patient developed delirium, and the movement disorder worsened in another patient. ECT should be a treatment option in the management of depression in Huntington's disease, particularly when depression is resistant to pharmacologic treatment.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||6|
|Journal||Journal of Neuropsychiatry and Clinical Neurosciences|
|State||Published - Jan 1 1994|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Clinical Neurology
- Psychiatry and Mental health