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Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT)

Electroconvulsive Therapy at The Ridge Behavioral Health System

For those struggling with treatment-resistant depression and other severe mental health challenges, Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT) is available at The Ridge Behavioral Health System. Led by our ECT Medical Director, Dr. David Shraberg, our ECT treatment team provides patients with an effective treatment program for their most intensive symptoms. Referrals for ECT treatment can be made by physicians, psychiatrists, mental health professionals, hospitals and concerned family members. An initial assessment for ECT can be made by contacting The Ridge at 859-268-6474 and asking for extension 302.

For treatment-resistant psychological illnesses

Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT) can be an effective treatment for those struggling with severe depression or other forms of mental illness. This specialized treatment is available Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays to adult patients ages 18 and older when medication and therapy are not enough. ECT treatment at The Ridge Behavioral Health System is led by Medical Director, Dr. David Shraberg who, along with our ECT treatment team, aim to provide patients with an effective treatment program that brings hope and relief of their symptoms.

What is ECT?
Electroconvulsive therapy uses brief, controlled electrical current to produce a seizure in the brain to create biochemical changes that may help alleviate symptoms of depression, mania or schizophrenia.

Is ECT safe?
Patients undergo medical and psychiatric evaluations before treatment to ensure they are appropriate for ECT. This procedure is administered by medical professionals who are trained in this specialty. With any medical procedure or anesthesia, there are potential risks, however, most patients experience only minor or no side effects. The most common side effects of ECT include muscle aches, nausea, short-term memory loss and headaches.

How are patients assessed?
Referrals can be made by physicians, psychiatrists, mental health professionals and hospital staff. Initial evaluation can be scheduled by contacting the ECT department at 859-268-2325 ext. 302. Once the evaluation is completed the patient will be asked to schedule an appointment with their primary care provider to complete a history and physical and any tests identified by the physician. This information is sent to the ECT team for review prior to scheduling treatment. Complete instructions and patient education will be provided at this time.

Still have questions about ECT? Contact the ECT department directly at 859-268-2325.

There are risks associated with any treatment procedure and individual results may vary. Please consult the dedicated professionals within the ECT program at The Ridge 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.

We're Here for You

The Ridge Behavioral Health System offers treatment and services for children, adolescents, adults and senior adults. We have professionals ready to help you explore the best treatment options for you or a loved one 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Call us toll-free at 800-753-4673 (HOPE) or 859-269-2325 for a no-cost, confidential assessment. All information is held in the strictest of confidence. If you are currently experiencing an emergency, please dial 911 or go to the nearest emergency room.