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Electroconvulsive Therapy

Electroconvulsive Therapy

Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT)

ECT is an effective treatment for people who are unresponsive to traditional therapy and medication management. It provides another option for relief of severe depression and suicidal thoughts. The procedure can be life-saving and is proven to relieve mania and acute psychosis.

Arbour Hospital offers ECT as inpatient and outpatient treatment. The procedure is administered at our facility under the supervision of a psychiatrist, anesthesiologist, and an ECT nursing team.

All patient referrals to the ECT program must be medically cleared by a professional prior to an initial consultation with our staff. During the consultation, we will fully explain ECT and what to expect before, during, and after the procedure.

We encourage all professionals to call our Assessment staff directly with any referrals to our programs. Our ECT Coordinator will follow up on all ECT inquiries.

To help determine if ECT is an appropriate course of treatment, please be prepared to share the following information with our staff:

  • Brief history of present illness and symptoms
  • Justification for ECT treatment
  • Psychiatric and substance abuse history
  • Medical history
  • Allergies
  • Previous medication trials
  • Current medications
  • Mental status exam results
  • Patient assets and strengths
  • Pertinent labs
  • Signature of a referring psychiatrist

A complete outpatient ECT referral form will be provided by the ECT Coordinator.


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