Treatment for Severe Cases of Depression
The Neuroscience Center at Lakeside Behavioral Health System was established to provide patients with evidence-based therapy for treatment-resistant psychological illnesses. Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT) has been shown to provide relief in severely depressed patients when medications were not sufficient in treating symptoms. Lakeside Behavioral Health System also offers Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS), which has also been shown to lessen the symptoms of severe depression.
ECT (Electroconvulsive Therapy) treats severe episodes of major depression, mania and some types of schizophrenia. ECT is believed to bring about specific biochemical changes, which can cause symptoms to diminish. It works by affecting the same transmitter chemicals in the brain that are affected by medications. ECT is used most often for major depression, where it has a strong beneficial effect on patients. But as with other treatments, there is no guarantee it will be useful in every instance. The most common side effects of ECT include muscle aches, nausea, short-term memory loss and headaches.
What is Electroconvulsive Therapy?
Electroconvulsive Therapy is a treatment for adults 18 years and older who suffer from severe episodes of major depression, persistent suicidal ideation, mania and some types of schizophrenia and who have either not responded to medications or whose symptoms are too severe to permit medication trials. The procedure occurs two to three times a week for a total of six to 12 treatments.
Is ECT Effective?
Electroconvulsive Therapy has been proven to be a useful treatment method with more than half of severely treatment-resistant patients achieving remission, according to the National Institutes of Health. Still, there is no guarantee that ECT will be effective. Your doctor will discuss with you why ECT inpatient or ECT outpatient therapy is being recommended and what alternative treatments may be available.
Is ECT Safe?
Prior to Electroconvulsive Therapy, patients will undergo a physical and psychiatric evaluation to ensure that the treatments can be administered in the most effective manner. Medications may be adjusted to minimize risk and maximize effectiveness. However, all treatments have risks and side effects. The most common side effects of ECT include muscle aches, nausea, short-term memory loss and headaches.
Am I Eligible for ECT?
There are risks associated with any treatment procedure and individual results may vary. Please consult the dedicated professionals within the ECT program at Lakeside Behavioral Health System to assess if you are a candidate for ECT therapy. Our Medical Staff will also consult with you on the risks and benefits of ECT treatment if you are a suitable candidate.
How Does ECT work?
At Lakeside Behavioral Health System, Electroconvulsive Therapy is performed by a team of medical professionals specifically trained in its delivery. This team consists of a psychiatrist, anesthesiologist and nursing staff. The psychiatrist commonly delivers the ECT stimulation. The anesthesia team administers general anesthesia, medications and monitors the patient’s medical status throughout the procedure. After the treatment, nursing staff will continue to monitor the patient’s progress until they return to the inpatient or outpatient unit.
What to Expect after ECT?
While Electroconvulsive Therapy is an extremely effective treatment, it is only one component of a complete treatment regimen. After your ECT course, medications will likely be required as maintenance therapy to help prevent a return of your illness. ECT cannot resolve other problems associated with personal relationships or how an individual copes with the stressors of life. Other interventions such as psychotherapy may be recommended.
There are risks associated with any treatment procedure and individual results may vary. Please consult the dedicated professionals within the ECT program at Lakeside Behavioral Health System 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.
CAPTION: If you would like additional details, watch our video to learn more about our electroconvulsive therapy program.
Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation
In 2011, the Neuroscience Center at Lakeside began providing Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) therapy for the treatment of depression. This outpatient procedure is performed under the supervision of an attending psychiatrist while the patient is awake and alert, with most treatment regimens administered for four to six weeks.
Since the late 1990s, physicians have used TMS to treat Major Depressive Disorder in adult patients who have failed to achieve satisfactory improvement from antidepressant medications. TMS involves the use of concise pulsed magnetic fields to stimulate nerve cells in the brain. This non-drug, non-systemic alternative antidepressant has been proven to be well-tolerated and has no adverse effects on memory or ability to concentrate. The most common side effects associated with TMS Therapy are scalp pain or discomfort at the site of application.
CAPTION: If you would like additional details, watch our video to learn more about our transcranial magnetic stimulation program.
Levels of Care
By offering multiple levels of care, Lakeside Behavioral Health System as an ECT treatment center, is able to better serve our patients and their family members wherever they may be on the journey to recovery.
In addition to Electroconvulsive Therapy, we offer Partial Hospitalization (PHP), inpatient services, Intensive Outpatient Programs (IOP) and more. Each one of these services can help our patients reach their goals and be provided with the tools necessary to live a happier, healthier life.