Electroconvulsive Therapy

About Our Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT) Program

Electroconvulsive Therapy, one of depression’s oldest and most effective treatments, is also the most misunderstood.

Despite common misconceptions, Electroconvulsive Therapy is effective, safe and even potentially lifesaving, delivering rapid results in critical situations. ECT can be used to treat severe mental illness such as major depression, bipolar disorder, catatonia, high suicide risk and certain neurologic disorders such as Parkinson’s disease, when all other treatments have failed. After comprehensive evaluation from our specialists, each patient will be provided with their own custom treatment plan.

Used mostly in cases of severe clinical depression untreatable by more common remedies such as antidepressants or psychotherapy, the ECT procedure involves brief, controlled electric currents being passed through the brain, triggering a brief seizure. This causes changes in brain chemistry that can rapidly reverse symptoms of certain mental illnesses.

People who undergo ECT experience no pain or discomfort during the procedure, as ECT is always administered under general anesthesia. As with any treatment, there are side effects, however, therapy always takes place in a safe and controlled setting, achieving the maximum benefit with the fewest possible risks.
 
If you, or someone you know, would benefit from this procedure and would like to know more, please contact us at 732-643-4407.

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  • Jersey Shore University Medical Center, 1945 Route 33, Neptune, NJ

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