Yes, some patients will suffer significant memory loss; on the other hand, some will not. The only justification is pragmatic, as those patients who respond tend to have the most recalcitrant forms of depression, and many of these are grateful for its use.
As it is impossible to predict who will benefit, many patients will receive the treatment unnecessarily, especially those with conditions other than depression. How do you weigh benefit for the minority against the side effects and distress caused by this procedure? There is no simple answer.
Senior Lecturer in Psychology
Department of Psychology
University of London
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