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 or a loved one might benefit from ECT, please contact us at (412) 858-2707.
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