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Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT)

Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) is recognized by the National Institute of Mental Health as a medical treatment option for severe psychiatric disorders that have not responded to medication and other forms of therapy. It may also benefit individuals who cannot take medications due to extreme side effects. If you or a loved one is suffering from the acute symptoms of a psychiatric disorder, ECT may be appropriate.

River Point Behavioral Health administers 900 to 1,000 ECT treatments annually on an inpatient and outpatient basis. Our experienced team of psychiatrists, anesthesiologists and registered nurses has received extensive specialized training in order to provide our patients with quality care in a secure, compassionate environment.

For more information on River Point’s ECT program, call us at 904-724-9202.

Disorders Treated by ECT

• Bipolar disorder
• Catatonia
• Dementia with severe agitation or aggression
• Major depressive disorder
• Mania
• Schizophrenia
• Suicidal ideation

Frequency of Treatment

An individual typically receives ECT treatments two to three times a week until their acute symptoms lessen, typically within six to 12 treatments. Maintenance ECT treatment may be necessary to prevent the return of symptoms. The frequency of maintenance treatment is based on the individual’s needs.

Help is Only a Call Away

We cannot offer diagnosis, counseling or recommendations online, but assessment and referral specialists are available 24/7 at 904-724-9202. If you are experiencing an emergency, please dial 911 or go to the nearest emergency room.

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