Electroconvulsive therapy in a man with autism experiencing severe depression, catatonia, and self-injury

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Abstract

We report the successful use of electroconvulsive therapy in a 19-year-old man with autism and mild mental retardation who developed severe depression with repeated suicide attempts, multiple symptoms of catatonia, and life-threatening repetitive self-injurious behaviors. After 3 years of failed psychotropic and behavioral interventions in inpatient settings, the patient demonstrated excellent remission of symptoms with bilateral electroconvulsive therapy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)70-73
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of ECT
Volume26
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 1 2010

Keywords

  • Autism
  • Catatonia
  • Depression
  • ECT
  • Self-injury

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neuroscience (miscellaneous)
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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