Media attention to bipolar and Internet-based information lead some people to decide (mistakently) that they have the condition. Correct assessment and affirming reassurance, studies snow, is what patients with mood instability want most.
The psychiatrist’s role is to act as a consultant to maximize the likelihood of a successful taper and discontinuation and to minimize collateral morbidities or withdrawal complications. This slideshow features common scenarios in which a planned discontinuation of psychotropic medications occurs.
Some recent breakthroughs, using newly developed neuroscience investigational tools, suggest that if research resources are available, we could soon make substantial advances in understanding the mechanism of action of ECT.