While anti-depressant medications can help relieve the symptoms of depression for many patients, the medications have no effect and often contribute to a sense of hopelessness for other patients. For patients who have treatment-resistant depression, hope may begin at TMC Behavioral Health Center.
Among our specialties is treating patients with severe depression who either cannot take anti-depressant medications or have not benefited from anti-depressant medications.
For 80 years, electroconvulsive therapy (ECT), has been one of the most-effective, quickest and safest treatment methods for severe mood and psychotic disorders (Am J Psychiatry 2012; 169:1238–1244). Over the years, ECT has advanced significantly and today has an excellent record of safety and efficacy.
The modern ECT suite at TMC Behavioral Health Center has been specifically designed to:
- Use advanced medical technology, including the use of ultra-brief treatment, and modern physiological monitoring devices including Electrocardiography (ECG), Electroencephalography (EEG) and Electromyogram (EMG).
- Optimize inpatient and outpatient experiences by combining a calm environment with professionals who provide compassionate, exceptional care.
- Accommodate the ECT medical team, including attending psychiatrists, anesthesiologists, certified nurse anesthetists and registered nurses.
At the TMC Behavioral Health Center, ECT:
- Is provided on inpatient and outpatient bases.
- Generally takes about an hour to complete each treatment session.
- Is covered by most insurance companies.
Most patients who have lived with severe depression experience a positive effect after three or four sessions while others reach optimal effect in six to eight sessions.
To learn more about ECT, please call us at 903-416-3000.
Individual results may vary. There are risks associated with any medical procedure. Talk with your doctor about these risks to find out if electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) is right for you.