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According to the American Psychiatric Association, ECT is considered the most effective treatment for major depression for people who have not found relief of their symptoms from medications or other forms of therapy.
A medical procedure, ECT uses brief, low-energy electrical pulses to stimulate nerve-cell activity in the area of the brain that affects mood. Stimulating this area helps to alleviate symptoms of depression. The electrical impulses are delivered through electrodes placed on the scalp. Patients are given anesthesia to relax and ensure the procedure is pain-free.
345 Blackstone Boulevard
1st Floor Riverview Building
Providence, RI 02906
P: (401) 455-6426
F: (401) 680-4168
For consultations and to learn more about Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT) please call (401) 455-6426 - along with the fax number (401-680-4168).
ECT is most commonly recommended for people who have not found relief of their symptoms from medications or other forms of therapy used to treat major depression. It is also recommended when other forms of treatment are not well tolerated by patients. ECT is also helpful in stopping a manic episode and in treating schizophrenia. ECT has shown to provide significant improvements more quickly than psychotherapy or medications in some patients with these disorders.
Treatments are provided on both an inpatient and outpatient basis. For outpatient treatment, a family member, friend or health care worker must be available to help with transportation following the treatments. ECT is provided for both acute illnesses and on a maintenance schedule to prevent relapse. Suitability for ECT is evaluation by way of a consultation in conjunction with internal medicine and anesthesiology assessments.
The ECT Program is located on the first floor of the Riverview Building on the Butler Hospital campus. Parking is available in Lot A2 and is free of charge.
If you are interested in receiving ECT at Butler Hospital, a referral from your behavioral health care provider is needed. He or she can call (401) 455-6426 to arrange a consultation appointment with Butler’s ECT staff, or fax our Outpatient Referral Sheet to (401) 680-4168. Downloadable referral form is provided below.