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Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT)

What is electroconvulsive therapy (ECT)?

Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) is a medical treatment available for patients experiencing mental or emotional symptoms including severe depression. ECT consists of brief electrical stimulation of nerve cells within the brain to release chemicals that may help restore normal functioning.

Treatment is typically provided three days a week depending on the patient’s individual needs. This can also be performed as an outpatient procedure. The ECT Suite is designed and equipped for comfortable, professional patient care. Before treatment, patients and families receive detailed information and education.

ECT at Institute for Mental Health

The Institute for Mental Health at St. Mary’s Medical Center offers ECT to patients experiencing emotional and psychological symptoms, such as severe depression.

IMH will provide:

  • An ECT Suite designed and equipped for comfortable patient care
  • Detailed information and education prior to treatment
  • Treatment on either an inpatient or outpatient basis
  • 24-hour admissions

Along with ECT, St. Mary’s offers other progressive, high-quality inpatient psychiatric programs for adults at IMH, including:

Inpatient psychiatric program

Our inpatient psychiatric program addresses a variety of acute or chronic psychiatric disorders, including dual diagnosis (emotional disorder combined with chemical dependence), providing a structured, nurturing environment with close observation and treatment.

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