Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT)

Electroconvulsive Therapy Program

Inpatient and Outpatient Service Available

Baptist Hospital Behavioral Health Center is pleased to offer Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT). Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT) can provide rapid, significant improvements in severe symptoms of several mental health conditions. ECT often works when other treatments are unsuccessful and when the full course of treatment is completed, but it may not work for everyone. This program can be part of a successful inpatient or outpatient treatment regimen.

How the Program Works

ECT is a procedure, done under general anesthesia, in which small electric currents are applied, intentionally triggering a brief seizure. ECT appears to cause changes in brain chemistry that can quickly reverse symptoms of certain mental illnesses.

To schedule an appointment, please call 409.212.7001 or send us an e-mail.

Qualification & Diagnoses

ECT is indicated for individuals with

  • Severe depression
  • Treatment-resistant depression
  • Severe Mania
  • Catatonia
  • Agitation and aggression in people with dementia

When is ECT the best option?

  • When other forms of therapy and medications have been ineffective
  • In older adults who cannot tolerate drug side effects
  • In people who prefer ECT treatments over taking medications
  • When ECT has been successful in the past