The effect of electroconvulsive therapy on plasma β-endorphin

J. Misiaszek, R. C. Cork, S. R. Hameroff, J. Finley, J. L. Weiss

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The data demonstrate an ECT-induced 76% increase in plasma β-endorphin immunoreactivity in a group of seven depressed patients. The authors found the increase to be transient, falling an average of 9 pg/ml in 20 min and returning to baseline when measured prior to the subsequent ECT 48 hr later. With subsequent electroconvulsive treatments, there were no significant longitudinal increases noted either in average baseline β-endorphin levels or in average levels 5 and 20 min following ECT.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)451-455
Number of pages5
JournalBiological Psychiatry
Issue number3
StatePublished - Oct 11 1984

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    Misiaszek, J., Cork, R. C., Hameroff, S. R., Finley, J., & Weiss, J. L. (1984). The effect of electroconvulsive therapy on plasma β-endorphin. Biological Psychiatry, 19(3), 451-455.