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Letters to the Editor

ECT Not Proven for Atypical Depression

Article Abstract

Letter to the Editor

Sir: Data might speak for themselves, but the interpretation
of Husain and colleagues that electroconvulsive therapy (ECT)
treats atypical depression is not justified. Here is a restatement
of the conclusions that is more consistent with the methods and
measurements:

Patients with atypical depression subjectively felt better in
the hospital 24 to 48 hours after completing a course of bitemporal
ECT. It was unknown how the patients felt after
returning home


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