ECT is a non-invasive way to treat refractory major depression. A therapeutic seizure is caused by an ultra brief amount of electricity applied to the scalp.
Despite the profound antidepressant effects of ECT, exactly how it works is still not known. However, researchers believe a series of treatments restores normal biologic function of the brain.
Ideally, patients being considered for our ECT program have had poor response to at least four antidepressants that have been from at least 2 drug classes.
During initial course of therapy patient will receive treatments three times a week. Our clinic operates on a Monday, Wednesday, Friday schedule.
These issues are dramatically diminished by our pretreatment work ups and the use of general anesthesia.
If you have a doctor’s referral for ECT and are ready to make an appointment for treatment at AHN Forbes Hospital call: (412) 858-2707. Voice mail messages are confidential so you can leave a detailed message at this number. Your call will be returned within the next business day.
You don’t have to face psychiatric or behavioral health issues alone. Help is available.
If you or a loved one is:
Additional crisis hotlines and patient support information can be found on our AHN Psychiatric and Behavioral Health Institute Patient Resource Guide.