Electroconvulsive (ECT) Therapy
OCH Hospital, Gravette, Arkansas
Description of Service
ECT is a procedure in which electric currents are passed through the brain, intentionally triggering a brief seizure. ECT is an non-medication alternative used to treat certain mental illnesses by quickly reversing symptoms. The controlled settings help reduce any risk to patients. ECT is a good alternative for patients who haven’t seen success with medications or other forms of therapy. It can also be useful for patients who are pregnant and cannot take medications out of precaution for the developing fetus. It is additionally helpful for adult patients who cannot tolerate drug side effects.
ECT treatments require general anesthesia is required.
What is ECT?
ECT is used to treat specific mental health conditions including:
Treatment resistant epilepsy
Catatonia, agitation & aggression
associated with dementia
ECT often quickly resolves the symptoms of major depression, including depressed mood, lack of interest, appetite and weight disturbance, sleep disturbance, feelings of hopelessness and helplessness, loss of self-esteem, and thoughts of suicide.