Electroconvulsive Therapy: Solution or a Cause of Tardiv Dyskinesia?
Varela Piñón María*
Department of Psychiatry, Hospital Universitario de La Princesa, Madrid, Spain
- *Corresponding Author:
- María Varela Piñón
Department of Psychiatry
Hospital University of La Princesa
E-mail: [email protected]
Received Date: April 12, 2017; Accepted Date: April 19, 2017; Published Date: April 21, 2017
Citation: María VP (2017) Electroconvulsive Therapy: Solution or a Cause of Tardiv Dyskinesia? J Depress Anxiety S11:003. doi:10.4172/2167-1044.S11-003
Copyright: © 2017 María VP. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
Tardive dyskinesia is a motor disorder characterized by the appearance of involuntary and irregular movements in different body regions. It is usually caused by prolonged use of dopamine receptor blocking agents, especially by taking antipsychotics. Currently, there is no curative treatment for this disorder, although there are pharmacological strategies that reduce its impact. Electroconvulsive therapy has been successfully applied in several cases of tardive dyskinesia and has been proposed as a therapeutic alternative, although the available evidence is still insufficient. In the present article, we present a case of tardive dyskinesia which emerged following the application of electroconvulsive therapy. It is considered if there could be a relation between the application of this technique and the appearance of the motor disorder in specially predisposed individuals.