Hormone pattern and post-treatment attitudes in patients with major depressive disorder given electroconvulsive therapy

Acta Psychiatr Scand. 1986 Mar;73(3):271-4. doi: 10.1111/j.1600-0447.1986.tb02685.x.


As a follow-up study of a psychoendocrinological investigation of 33 patients with major depressive illness undergoing ECT, attitudes towards ECT were examined and hormones measured in remission. Two thirds of the group had a positive attitude towards ECT. Cortisol, prolactin and TSH levels differed significantly from the depressive state. In contrast, there was no difference in ACTH levels.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adrenocorticotropic Hormone / blood
  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Attitude
  • Depressive Disorder / blood
  • Depressive Disorder / therapy*
  • Electroconvulsive Therapy*
  • Growth Hormone / blood
  • Humans
  • Hydrocortisone / blood
  • Middle Aged
  • Prolactin / blood
  • Thyrotropin / blood


  • Adrenocorticotropic Hormone
  • Prolactin
  • Thyrotropin
  • Growth Hormone
  • Hydrocortisone