Electroconvulsive Therapy

Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT) is a safe and effective treatment for those with severe mental illness.

 

For those who are unresponsive to traditional therapy and medication management, ECT provides another option for relief of severe depression and thoughts of suicide.  It has been proven to relieve mania and acute psychosis and can be life saving.

 

The Carolina Center for Behavioral Health offers ECT on an inpatient and outpatient basis.  The procedure is administered at our facility under the supervision of a psychiatrist, anesthesiologist and an ECT nursing team.

 

All patient referrals to the ECT program must be medically cleared by a professional prior to the initial consultation with our staff.  During the consultation, our staff will explain the details of the procedure and what to expect before, during, and after the procedure.

 

We encourage all professionals to call our Assessment staff directly with any referrals to our programs.  Our ECT Coordinator will follow up on all ECT inquiries.

 

In order to help determine if ECT is an appropriate course of treatment, please be prepared to share the following information with our professional staff:

 

  • Brief history of present illness & symptoms
  • Justification for ECT Treatment
  • Past Psychiatric/Substance Abuse History
  • Medical History
  • Allergies
  • Previous Medication Trials
  • Current Medications
  • Mental Status Exam Results
  • Patientís Assets & Strengths
  • History & Physical
  • Pertinent Labs
  • Signature of Referring Psychiatrist

 

A complete outpatient ECT referral form will be provided by the ECT Coordinator.

 

Please call 864-235-2335 or 800-866-HOPE with any referrals to our ECT services.  Our ECT Coordinator will follow up on all ECT inquiries.

 

 

Resources

We invite anyone who wishes to learn more about ECT to visit the MECTA website.  MECTA is the manufacturer of the equipment we use at The Carolina Center for Behavioral Health, and they were invited to appear on a recent episode of 'The Dr. Oz Show'.

 

http://www.mectacorp.com/media.html

http://www.doctoroz.com/videos/shock-could-save-your-life-pt-1
http://www.doctoroz.com/videos/shock-could-save-your-life-pt-2
http://www.doctoroz.com/videos/shock-could-save-your-life-pt-3