L'électroconvulsivothérapie en 2008

Translated title of the contribution: The electroconvulsive therapy in 2008

S Servais, M Ansseau, G Mikolajczak, M Desseilles

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Electroconvulsive therapy (formerly called sismotherapy, electronarcosis or shock therapy) is a therapeutic tool used in several psychiatric illnesses. It consists in the induction of a generalized convulsive seizure by a transcranial electric stimulation. If it is true that this tool continues to stigmatise the collective imagination in giving rise to dread and suspicion (considered by some people as a barbarian or obsolete therapy), it is however an effective (sometimes irreplaceable) and well tolerated treatment. Over the last decades, ECT has generated renewed interest in psychiatric therapy. It constitutes today the oldest biological therapeutic tool still in use in psychiatry.
Translated title of the contributionThe electroconvulsive therapy in 2008
Original languageFrench
Pages (from-to)404-10
Number of pages7
JournalRevue médicale de Liège
Issue number5-6
Publication statusPublished - 2008


  • Electroconvulsive Therapy
  • Humans
  • Mental Disorders

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