Academic Lecture "Impaired memory after ECT - true or false?"
Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) is a highly effective treatment for major depressive disorder (MDD). However, rates of treatment referrals are often limited by patients concerns regarding adverse effects on memory. Cognitive impairment is often seen in patients suffering MDD and can be one of the most disabling symptoms and may even persist in episodes of symptom reduction. The presentation will give an update of the current knowledge regarding ECT and effects on memory. Clinical case will also be presented.
Åsa Hammar is professor in clinical neuropsychology at the University of Bergen, Norway and a specialist in clinical neuropsychology. Her main focus is cognitive functioning in major depression with special focus on residual cognitive symptoms of depression and interventions targeting these symptoms. She is member of the Swedish register board for ECT treatments and has several publications in ECT and cognitive functioning.