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A Shocking Cure?

No step-free access to the venue and the function room. There is a mobile ramp for accessibility.
Over 18s only.
Past event - 2018
16 May 19:00-22:00 (Doors open 18:30)
The Town Wall, Pink Lane,
Newcastle NE1 5HX
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Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) has gained a bad reputation thanks to Hollywood films like One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest. But is that reality? Join us as we explore the role of ECT in treating depression through the work of Psychiatrists Dr Stuart Watson and Nicol Ferrier and first-hand experience from Carolyne James.

ECT and depression

Dr Stuart Watson (Academic Clinical Senior Lecturer)
Formerly known as Electric Shock therapy, ECT or Electroconvulsive Therapy involves administering electrical stimulation to the brain under general anaesthetic. The idea sounds alarming but for people with severe depression who have not responded to drug treatments is it a viable alternative?

ECT- a user perspective

Carolyne James (ECT service user)
What is it like to be treated with ECT? Join us to hear from someone that has experienced this treatment first hand. Did it work? Were there any down sides? Would you advocate its use?

Beyond ECT: Brain stimulation to combat depression

Nicol Ferrier (Professor of Psychiatry, Newcastle University)
ECT remains the most effective treatment for various types of severe depression but its use continues to fall in the UK partly due to its side effects and partly due to its continuing negative public perception. This talk will present ways to improve ECT and review new brain stimulation techniques ranging from the application of a low DC current (tDCS) to electrodes implanted in the brain (DBS) touching on TMS (transcranial magnetic stimulation) and VNS (vagal nerve stimulation) along the way. Finally the talk will review the promise and potential pitfalls of ketamine in depression.

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