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ECT is one of many options for the treatment of mental illness. In many cases, ECT is effective in treating patients who are medication resistant, chronically depressed, or experiencing symptoms, such as delusions and suicidal thoughts.  


ECT involves a series of treatments, in which a small amount of electricity is used to produce a generalized seizure in the brain. These seizures are produced under carefully controlled circumstances while you are under anesthesia.

You will need to have a health history and physical assessment to determine if you are healthy enough to have ECT. An EKG, X-ray, blood work, recent medical history, physical, and additional medical tests may be required.  


ECT is given under general anesthesia, and performed by a treatment team including a psychiatrist, anesthesiologist and nursing staff. During the procedure, a small amount of electrical current is sent to the brain. The procedure lasts about 10-15 minutes and a minimum one hour of recovery time is required, however, it may be longer in some instances.

Side Effects

Some common side effects after an ECT treatment include:

  • Short-term memory loss
  • Confusion
  • Headaches
  • Jaw tightness
  • Muscle soreness
  • Nausea (upset stomach)

Download and complete patient referral form. 

To schedule a screening or learn more about ECT services, please call 936-270-7520.

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Treatment begins with a confidential assessment by a qualified mental health professional. Please call 936-270-7520 24/7 or fill out the form below and one of our counselors will call you. Your personal information will be kept confidential and will not be shared with anyone.