Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT)

What is electroconvulsive therapy (ECT)?

Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) is a medical treatment available for patients experiencing mental or emotional symptoms including severe depression. ECT consists of brief electrical stimulation of nerve cells within the brain to release chemicals that may help restore normal functioning.

Treatment is typically provided three days a week depending on the patient’s individual needs. This can also be performed as an outpatient procedure. The ECT Suite is designed and equipped for comfortable, professional patient care. Before treatment, patients and families receive detailed information and education.

ECT at Fair Oaks Pavilion

Delray Medical Center’s Fair Oaks Pavilion, a 53-bed psychiatric center for adults on our hospital campus, offers ECT to patients experiencing emotional and psychological symptoms, such as severe depression.

Fair Oaks Pavilion will provide:

  • An ECT Suite designed and equipped for comfortable patient care
  • Detailed information and education prior to treatment
  • Treatment on either an inpatient or outpatient basis
  • 24-hour admissions

Along with ECT, Delray Medical Center offers other progressive, high-quality inpatient psychiatric programs for adults at Fair Oaks Pavilion, including:

Inpatient psychiatric program

Our inpatient psychiatric program addresses a variety of acute or chronic psychiatric disorders, including dual diagnosis (emotional disorder combined with chemical dependence), providing a structured, nurturing environment with close observation and treatment.

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