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Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT)

The Benefits of Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT)

Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT) is a procedure in which a small amount of electrical current is sent to the brain. This current induces a seizure that affects the entire brain, including the parts that control mood, appetite and sleep. ECT is an extremely effective form of treatment. It is often safer than no treatment at all.

Frequently Asked Questions

How effective is ECT for most patients?

Those with mild to severe depression, respond favorably to treatments 80-90% of the time.


How long does the ECT procedure take?

Once asleep, the procedure can take up to 8 minutes and can be done as an outpatient service.


Who May Benefit from ECT

ECT may be an appropriate treatment option for patients who:

  • Are 18 years of age or older
  • Have severe depression, mania, schizophrenia and have not responded or only partially responded to conventional treatment such as medications and therapy
  • Have had multiple medication trials with minimal or no response
  • Have had multiple hospitalizations and regress rapidly into crisis
  • Are in need of rapid, definitive response because of the severity of a psychiatric or medical condition
  • Struggle with non-compliance


Help is Just a Phone Call Away

We cannot offer diagnosis, counseling or recommendations online, but an Assessment and Referral Specialist is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at (281) 586-7600. If you are currently experiencing an emergency, please dial 911 or go to the nearest emergency room.


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