Psychotropic drugs see Chapter

Antidepressants are especially useful (Gill and Hatcher, 1999). Even for patients who have good cause to be depressed, these drugs can help improve mood and relieve associated symptoms such as insomnia and pain. Antipsychotic drugs are used to control agitation or behaviour disturbance in patients with organic brain syndromes.

ECT (see Chapter 24)

ECT is occasionally indicated for relief of severe depression, and is safe in physically ill patients provided they are fit for anaesthetics and do not have raised intracranial pressure.

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