ECT is used to successfully treat patients suffering from major depressive disorders, schizophrenia, bipolar disorders, movement disorders such as Parkinson’s disease and catatonia. About 80-90% of depressed people report improvement of depression following a full course of treatment. Many are able to resume working and lead full, productive lives. ECT has fewer side effects than medications and has been proven to provide relief more quickly than medication alone.
ECT is performed at Memorial Hospital as an inpatient, outpatient, or in combination. The physician determines which option is best for each patient. A typical course of treatment is 6-12 sessions performed 2-3 times per week. All ECT procedures are done in the Neurotherapy suite located on the first floor of the hospital to ensure optimal care, safety, and privacy for the patient.