Objective: To discuss the effect of electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) on suic
ide risk in patients with mood disorders.
Method. A review of the available data on the short-term and long-term effe
cts of ECT on suicide mortality among patients with mood disorders.
Conclusion: ECT has an acute but not a long-term beneficial effect on suici
dality. Due to the significant limitations of studies in this area, however
, the data need to be interpreted with caution.