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 psychotic symptoms.

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 been ineffective

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 comfortable environment.

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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.