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Electroconvulsive therapy

Electroconvulsive therapy provides electrical stimulation to your brain while you are under anesthesia in an effort to affect your brain chemistry and its influences on your mental health. It may require a number of treatments to be successful, but is very effective for many people.

Electroconvulsive therapy treatment in San Antonio

At Methodist Healthcare, we understand that therapy options vary from person to person.

While we do offer traditional treatments for depression, anxiety and other illnesses, we also offer electroconvulsive therapy for patients who may not respond to other forms of therapy.

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For more information about our electroconvulsive therapy services, please call Methodist Healthcare HealthLine at (210) 575-0355. For patient referrals, please call (210) 575-0500.

What is electroconvulsive therapy

ECT is a procedure in which a small amount of electrical current is sent directly to the brain to induce a seizure. These intense therapy sessions are used to affect certain parts of the brain as a way to control appetite, mood or even sleep.

Typically, ECT is used to treat behavioral health depression, mania or schizophrenia when you may not have responded well to more conventional medicinal treatment.

Who may benefit the most from electroconvulsive therapy?

Individuals who may experience success from ECT include:

  • Patients 18 years old and older
  • Patients who experience severe depression, mania or schizophrenia and have not responded or only partially responded to medications and counseling
  • Patients who have had multiple hospitalizations and regress rapidly into crisis
  • Patients who are in need of rapid, definitive response because of the severity of a psychiatric or medical condition

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