Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT)

Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT) is a safe and effective treatment for those with severe mental illness.

For those who are unresponsive to traditional therapy and medication management, ECT provides another option for relief of severe depression and thoughts of suicide. It has been proven to relieve mania and acute psychosis and can be life-saving.

Mayhill Hospital offers ECT on an inpatient and outpatient basis. The procedure is administered at our facility under the supervision of a psychiatrist, anesthesiologist and an ECT nursing team.

All patient referrals to the Electroconvulsive program must be medically cleared by a professional prior to the initial consultation with our staff. During the consultation, our staff will explain the details of the procedure and what to expect before, during, and after the procedure.

We encourage all professionals to call our Assessment staff directly with any referrals to our programs. Our ECT Coordinator will follow up on all ECT inquiries.

In order to help determine if ECT is an appropriate course of treatment, please be prepared to share the following information with our professional staff:

  • Brief history of present illness & symptoms
  • Justification for ECT Treatment
  • Past Psychiatric/Substance Abuse History
  • Medical History
  • Allergies
  • Previous Medication Trials
  • Current Medications
  • Mental Status Exam Results
  • Patient’s Assets & Strengths
  • History & Physical
  • Pertinent Labs
  • Signature of Referring Psychiatrist

A complete outpatient Electroconvulsive Therapy referral form will be provided by the ECT Coordinator.

Please call 940-239-3000 with any referrals to our ECT services. Our ECT Coordinator will follow up on all ECT inquiries.

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