Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT) is the oldest and most effective nonpharmacologic treatment for a number of psychiatric diseases including treatment refractory depression, bipolar depression, and some forms of psychosis. Our ECT service has decades of experience providing effective and compassionate care for a severely ill population.
- Refractory Depression
- Refractory Schizophrenia
- Bipolar Depression
- Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
ECT is often given alongside other forms of treatment, including medication, psychotherapy, or others.
Other side effects may include nausea, headaches or jaw pain, which can often be treated with medication.
Because ECT is a medical procedure, and anesthesia is involved, there are always risks of more severe medical complications. At Bay Psychiatric Associates, we require a pre-procedure medical screening to evaluate any conditions that may increase the risk for an individual patient.