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Brain Stimulation Services

Electroconvulsive Therapy

Menninger offers ECT, which is the single most effective treatment for severe depression and which works more rapidly than traditional forms of depression treatment.
 
ECT is also effective at treating bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder and catatonia. It is extremely safe for adults, adolescents, the elderly and women who are pregnant. Many people who receive ECT no longer need medication.
 
ECT involves a course of treatments that occurs two to three times per week for two to four weeks. 
The first thing I, and others, noticed was the laughter. Even before I had finished all the treatments, I was laughing again. Sometimes a lot. I don't remember the last time I laughed before ECT. former patient

About ECT

ECT is a brief medical procedure during which a tiny amount of electrical energy is used to elicit a controlled type of seizure in the brain. The patient is asleep under general anesthesia, and the procedure is painless. ECT works by changing the level of neurotransmitters in the brain, regulating the body’s hormone system and eliciting the growth of new brain cells through a process called neurogenesis.
 

ECT Treatment at Menninger

The first step in receiving ECT at Menninger is a consultation with M. Justin Coffey, MD, medical director of the Center for Brain Stimulation, and his team, during which they take into consideration each individual’s unique psychiatric and medical histories and discusses the number of treatments likely to be most helpful.
 
For more information, check out our ECT handbook.
 
For a consultation or to make a referral, call 713-275-5328 or email brainstim@menninger.edu.