ECT in people with an intellectual disability
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The evidence base for the use of ECT in people with an intellectual disability is composed almost entirely of case reports or case series. An evidence search on the use of ECT for intellectual disabilities and learning disabilities, including those with autism or catatonia, was conducted on 19 May 2017. The limited nature of this evidence, compounded with specific issues around diagnosis and consent, partially explains why ECT seems to be used less frequently in people with an intellectual disability than in the general population. It is clear, however, that adults with an intellectual disability are susceptible to the whole range of psychiatric disorders seen in the general population and that ECT may be a suitable treatment for them in some clinical situations.