Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT)
When Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT) was introduced over 70 years ago,
it was controversial because of the way patients were treated while undergoing
therapy. Today, ECT is markedly different from those early treatments.
It is performed while the patient is under general anesthesia and uses
precisely calculated electrical currents and state-of-the-art equipment. It has a
high success rate for the treatment of major depressive disorder, catatonia, mania and various
ECT is most commonly recommended for individuals with:
- Severe depression, accompanied by psychosis, suicidal intent, or refusal to eat
- Mania that hasn't improved with medications
- Schizophrenia, when symptoms are severe or medications are not sufficient
- Intolerance to certain medications or other forms of therapy that have
At Therapeutic Solutions, we are the only practice in the area that provides
ECT. Performed by our
board-certified psychiatrists in a fully accredited outpatient surgical center, we administer ECT to
patients under general anesthesia.
How are ECT treatments given?
With ECT, a small amount of electricity is applied to the scalp, producing
a seizure in the brain while the patient is sedated. The physician and
anesthesiologist carefully monitor vital signs during the treatment, which
lasts just a few minutes. ECT appears to cause changes in brain chemistry
that can alleviate symptoms of certain mental illnesses. Our center can
provide you with the personalized ECT treatment you need in a caring and
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Deciding if electroconvulsive therapy is a good option for you or a loved
one can be difficult. Should electroconvulsive therapy be your first treatment
choice? Or should it only be a last resort? Will it cause lasting side
effects? These decisions cannot be made lightly. Understanding more about
the potential benefits and risks of electroconvulsive therapy can help
in your decision.
To learn more about ECT, please contact us
today. We would be happy to provide you with additional information.