Psychiatric Patient Develops Uncontrollable Seizures Following Shock Therapy

    Neuropsychiatry Expert

    This case involves a 45-year-old male patient with a history of severe depression and seizures. He was admitted to a psychiatric facility following a suicide attempt and was given several psychiatric evaluations. The patient was deemed in severe and critical condition. It was determined that electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) was the most viable option for full recovery. Following the patient’s ECT treatment, he presented with abnormal psychotic symptoms and was diagnosed with non-convulsive status epilepticus.

    Question(s) For Expert Witness

    • 1. Please describe your background in neuropsychiatry.

    Expert Witness Response E-096113

    I am a neuropsychiatrist and have directed ECT services at multiple hospitals and health systems over my career. The basic clinical scenario described below is familiar to me, and I have served as an expert in previous cases.

    Expert Bio:

    This board-certified expert completed his internship and residency in general psychiatry and has remained active in the neuropsychiatry field as a member of several psychiatry and neuropsychiatry associations. He is also a former professor of psychiatry and associate director and staff psychiatrist at a large hospital. Currently, he is an associate professor of neuropsychiatry at a prominent medical school and a medical director at a leading psychiatric hospital.

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