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Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT)

Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT)

Electroconvulsive Therapy Treatment (ECT)

For adults ages 18 and older, we offer electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) as a form of treatment for major depression and bipolar disorder, as well as other issues.

Inpatient or outpatient ECT can be particularly useful among people suffering from depression or acute mania, those who cannot take anti-depressants due to health problems or lack of response and some suicidal patients who cannot wait for antidepressants to take effect.

How Does ECT Work?

ECT uses brief brain stimulation with electricity while a patient is under general anesthesia to treat major mental health disorders. 

What is Major Depression?

The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) describes Major Depression as “a serious mental health condition that requires understanding and medical care,” a mental illness that over 7% of the population of the United States has dealt with in the past year. This is more than occasionally feeling sad and is instead a pattern of issues that could require antidepressant medications or ECT. 

Symptoms according to NAMI: 

  • Changes in sleep
  • Changes in appetite
  • Lack of concentration
  • Loss of energy
  • Lack of interest in activities
  • Hopelessness or guilty thoughts
  • Changes in movement (less activity or agitation)
  • Physical aches and pains
  • Suicidal thoughts

Causes according to NAMI:

  • Trauma
  • Genetics
  • Life circumstances
  • Brain changes
  • Other medical conditions
  • Drug and alcohol misuse

What is Bipolar Disorder?

The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) describes Bipolar Disorder as “a mental illness that causes dramatic shifts in a person’s mood, energy and ability to think clearly.” ECT inpatient or ECT outpatient treatment can be used to treat bipolar disorder. 

Symptoms according to NAMI:

  • Mania
  • Depression

Causes according to NAMI:

  • Genetics
  • Stress
  • Brain function

Inpatient or Outpatient ECT Treatment Based on Your Needs

We provide outpatient or inpatient ECT under the close supervision of an experienced physician in North Little Rock, Arkansas. There are risks associated with any treatment procedure and individual results may vary. The most common side effects of ECT include muscle aches, nausea, short-term memory loss and headaches.

The staff at The BridgeWay is committed to educating patients and their families about the risks and benefits of ECT services. Please consult the dedicated professionals within the ECT program at The BridgeWay to assess if you are a candidate for ECT treatment. Our medical staff will also consult with you on the risks and benefits of ECT treatment if you are a suitable candidate.

We’re Just a Phone Call Away

We cannot offer a diagnosis, counseling or recommendations online. We offer confidential assessments at no-cost on-site or through mobile services 24 hours a day, seven days a week. If you or someone you know is experiencing a crisis, please call 800-245-0011. If you need immediate medical assistance, contact 911 or seek the nearest emergency room.