Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT) is recognized as one of the most effective treatments in psychiatry and is endorsed by the National Institute of Mental Health and the American Psychiatric Association. Candidates for ECT include patients with depression and other varying psychiatric disorders. Positive results are often seen within one or two treatments. These results make ECT a valuable and effective first line intervention in emergency situations, such as those patients who may be actively suicidal, psychotic, nutritionally-compromised, or catatonic.
ECT serves a recommended treatment option for the following:
- Those who suffer from depression, mania, or psychosis and have not responded or only partially responded to conventional treatment, such as medication and therapy.
- Those who have had multiple hospitalizations and regress rapidly into crisis.
- Those who are in need of rapid, definitive response because of the severity of a psychiatric or medical condition.
- Those experiencing symptoms of catatonia.
ECT is modernized and provided by a team of professionals that includes a psychiatrist, anesthesiologist, and a nurse. ECT is given as a course of treatments, and the number needed to be successful can vary according to the individual.
All patients are thoroughly medically screened before treatment. While there are very few medical conditions that prohibit the use of ECT, patients with pacemakers, high blood pressure, other cardiovascular conditions or diabetes are recommended to have a consultation with their cardiologist or internal medicine physician to ensure their condition is well-controlled.
For assessments and referrals, please call (804) 483-0050.