Electroconvulsive Therapy

Beaumont is a leader in electroconvulsive therapy. ECT is used chiefly to treat severe depression, but may also be used to treat schizophrenia, mania or other illnesses. ECT may be recommended for patients who:

  • Have not responded to antidepressant medicines
  • Are unable to take antidepressants due to side effects
  • Can no longer carry out daily activities
  • Have impaired thinking abilities
  • Have responded to ECT in the past

ECT treatments are done initially as an inpatient, with some follow-up on an outpatient basis. A full course treatment usually consists of six to 12 treatments. Please discuss with your psychiatrist if ECT is right for you.