Electroconvulsive Therapy for Depression in Transgender Patients: Case Series and Literature Review

Charles B. Mormando, Katharine Dalke, Cezary Mikoluk, John C. Garman, Andrew Francis

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Abstract

ABSTRACT: There is very limited information regarding the effectiveness of electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) as a treatment for major depressive disorder in transgender patients. This population is also at risk for comorbid conditions, such as posttraumatic stress disorder and substance use that could impact the outcome of ECT. We report our experience with the use of ECT in this population. Clinical and response characteristics of 7 consecutive cases are described in this series. All patients had multiple psychiatric diagnoses and were refractory to pharmacologic intervention. Pretreatment Beck Depression Inventory-II scores were 45.5 ± 3.2 SEM and posttreatment scores were 21.2 ± 6.4 [P < 0.01]. Suicidality scores reduced by greater than 60%, whereas remission of depression was obtained for 2 of 7, and 4 of 7 showed greater than 50% reduction in depression scores. Treatments were tolerated well using conventional treatment procedures. This case series suggests that ECT can be effective for depressed transgender patients with multiple clinical comorbidities.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)64-66
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of ECT
Volume37
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 1 2021

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Neuroscience (miscellaneous)
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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