Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) is an electrical stimulation of the brain to induce brief seizures. The therapy seems to alter brain chemistry and can quickly treat symptoms of certain mental illnesses.
ECT is administered under general anesthesia by a team of medical professionals, including a psychiatrist, an anesthesiologist, and a nurse or physician assistant.
Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) is most commonly used to treat patients with the following mental illnesses:
ECT is used in the following cases:
ECT should be a family decision. There is a time commitment and the patient will need the support of his family or loved ones.
The procedures themselves take only a few minutes, and there will be 12 sessions in a normal round of treatment.
We typically require a referral from the patient's primary care provider or mental health provider, but we can accept self-referrals. Patients will have an evaluation with our medical staff to determine if ECT is appropriate.
Our care team provides a full spectrum of psychiatric services to children, adolescents, adults and families.