Daily Archives: March 28, 2012

Study Finds ECT Works By Dampening Brain Connections

A fellow bipolar cohort sent me a link to this article last week, and it never ceases to amaze me how the things I just believe to be true are later “discovered” by researchers. I do understand the difference between scientific theory (unproven) and scientific fact (proven) but it usually takes the fact portion a considerably  longer to catch up.

SO, that said, researchers believe they’ve finally cracked the 70 year old case as to why ECT (electro-convulsive therapy) works on depression. ECT has been used for quite some time as a treatment for bipolar disorder (among other things), but it tends to get a bad wrap because most people aren’t aware that the technique looks much different than the way it looked when the therapy first began.

Depression was long thought to be brought on by lowered activity in the brain, but research lately (including that recent research about the chemical found in magic mushrooms being used to potentially treat depression) have helped conclude that the trouble with depression is that there is overactivity in the parts of the brain that control mood and concentration. Both ECT and the psilocybin (the active ingredient from the hallucinogenic mushrooms) work by lowering the amount of activity in that overactive portion of the brain.

Interesting, no? I’d recommend reading the full article here…