Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT)
Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT) is most commonly used to treat severe depression
and is often the safest, fastest and most effective therapy available
for that illness. ECT is also sometimes used to treat patients with manic
illness or schizophrenia.
ECT is available as an inpatient or outpatient treatment.
Studies indicate that 80% to 90% of depressed individuals who receive
ECT treatment respond favorably, making ECT the most effective treatment
for all forms of depression. ECT is believed to correct biochemical abnormalities
that underlie severe depressive illness. The techniques for administering
ECT have improved considerably over the past 25 years.
Before ECT begins, a patient’s medical condition is carefully assessed
with a complete medical history, physical examination and laboratory tests.
The number of treatment sessions needed to successfully treat severe depression
ranges from four to 20. The treatments are usually given three times per
week --Monday, Wednesday and Friday.
ECT services at BCH are directed by Drs.
Daniel Fisher of the
Guerra-Fisher Institute and
Christopher Reyburn, who are board-certified psychiatrists with years of experience utilizing
For more information, call (303) 440-2456.