Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) can be an effective treatment for severely depressed patients when medication and therapy are not enough. It can also be effective against persistent suicidal ideations, mania, and some types of schizophrenia.
What is ECT?
Electroconvulsive therapy uses brief, controlled electrical currents to produce a seizure in the brain to create biochemical changes that have been shown to help alleviate symptoms of depression, mania, and schizophrenia.
Safeness of ECT
Patients undergo medical and physical evaluations to determine if ECT is appropriate for them. The procedure is administered by specially trained medical professionals. As with any medical procedure or anesthesia, there are potential risks. However, most patients experience minor or no side effects.
Referrals can be made by physicians, psychiatrists, mental health professionals, hospital staff, patients, and concerned family members. Patients are scheduled for ECT after their evaluation is completed.
You can schedule an evaluation by calling Brentwood Hospital’s intake department at 877-678-7500.
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