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Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT) is a brain stimulation procedure which can effectively treat adults struggling with severe depression* in as fast as two weeks – often faster than antidepressants. It is an option for those who have not had success with traditional medications or therapies or cannot tolerate or take any medications.**

At Northwest Texas Healthcare System (NWTHS) Behavioral Health, ECT is performed by a specially trained team including a psychiatrist, anesthesiologist and nursing staff and available on an inpatient and outpatient basis.

Individuals must have a referral from a psychiatrist prior to receiving an evaluation for ECT and must receive medical clearance from their primary care provider before initiating ECT.

How Does ECT Work?

ECT delivers short bursts of electrical currents to your brain which produces a brief, mild seizure. It helps neurotransmitters (the chemical messengers in your brain) work better. In a way, ECT reconnects all the circuits to help improve your brain’s function. It can also increase serotonin levels in your brain. This helps improve your mood and emotions.

ECT is recommended for adults with:

  • Major depression
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Catatonia (inability to move or communicate)
  • Persistent suicidal thoughts
  • Psychotic episodes (hallucinations or agitation)
  • Schizophrenia 

We Can Help

For more information about electroconvulsive therapy, please call us at 806-354-1835.

*National Institutes of Health; when accompanied by psychosis, desire to commit suicide or refusal to eat, severe mania, catatonia and agitation and aggression in individuals with dementia

**Individual results may vary. There are risks associated with any medical procedure. Talk with your doctor about these risks to find out if ECT is right for you.