ECT is an effective, evidence-based procedure that can help severe depression, bipolar, schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder and catatonia. It is the single most effective treatment for severe depression, and it works more rapidly than traditional forms of depression treatment.
It is also a safe, non-invasive procedure 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 occur two to three times per week for two to four weeks. The first step in the process is a consultation with Dr. Coffey and his team, during which he takes into consideration each individual’s unique psychiatric and medical history and discusses the number of treatments likely to be most helpful.
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
The Center is committed to providing family-centered ECT. The staff engages patients and their loved ones as members of the care team throughout the course of treatment. Family members are encouraged to be present with the patient during each procedure, which is performed in an outpatient setting at Menninger's Center for Brain Stimulation.
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