Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT)

We are very pleased to provide a state of the art ECT suite located within our facility at the main location.  Most of the time patients will receive treatments while inpatient although our suite does accommodate appropriate candidates attending our outpatient services as well as those who may require maintenance treatments.

 What is ECT?

• ECT is among the safest and most effective treatments for depression.
• ECT is a procedure in which a seizure is introduced while under anesthesia.
• ECT causes changes in brain chemistry that can effectively treat mood disorders.

Is ECT Right For You?

• ECT can provide rapid, effective and significant improvements in patients with symptoms of severe depression and treatment resistant depression; severe mania; and schizophrenia.
• ECT works when psychotherapy and anti-depressant medications are unsuccessful.

Proven Physician Expertise in ECT

• Over 1,000 ECT treatments since 1985.
• Duke University fellowship trained.
• Full physical and psychiatric evaluation for all patients prior to treatment.
• Focused consultation and monitoring of progress is conducted throughout the treatment.

What To Expect?

• ECT is a brief procedure with additional time needed for preparation and recovery.
• ECT can be done while you are hospitalized or also as an outpatient procedure. The patient is under anesthesia during the procedure.
• Side effects are limited to reversible short term memory loss.
• ECT is usually given 3 times per week for up to 4 weeks.

ECT Treatment Provided by:
• Arthur Ramirez, MD
• Hatem Nour, MD