Efficacy of Convulsive Therapies for Bipolar Depression

Efficacy of Convulsive Therapies for Bipolar Depression

This trial aims to assess the efficacy and tolerability of Magnetic Seizure Therapy (MST) as an alternative to electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) for Bipolar Disorder (BD). Research indicates that the prevalence of treatment resistance in bipolar depression is twice that of unipolar depression. The limited effectiveness of current treatments for bipolar depression coupled with the medical and economic burden associated with the disorder engenders a need for novel therapeutic interventions that can provide greater response and remission rates.

No pharmaceutical medication involved
Recruiting patients only

Device - Magnetic Seizure Therapy (MST)

MST treatment will be administered using the MagPro MST with a Cool TwinCoil over the frontal cortex in the midline position using 100 Hz stimulation. The MST determination of seizure threshold will be done using 100% machine output applied at 100 Hz at progressively escalating train durations, commencing at 2 seconds and increasing by 2 seconds with each subsequent stimulation until an adequate seizure is produced. During subsequent sessions, one stimulation will be delivered using a train dura more on

Device - Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT)

In the ECT arm treatment, the MECTA spectrum 5000Q machine will be used, which is an FDA approved device used for providing standard-of-care clinical ECT treatments. The ECT determination of seizure threshold and the adjustment of energy at subsequent sessions will be based on a standard published protocol. All participants will receive RUL-UB ECT at six times the seizure threshold under the effect of anesthesia. The treatment procedure is approximately 10 minutes, followed by a recovery period more on

Cognitive Outcomes and Response/Remission Efficacy of Convulsive Therapies for Bipolar Depression: The CORRECT-BD Trial