Loma Linda University Behavioral Medicine Center offers electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) on an inpatient and outpatient basis. ECT is a safe and effective medical treatment for certain psychiatric disorders when patients do not respond to medication and therapy.

Why Choose Loma Linda University Electroconvulsive Therapy

  • Dedicated suite for electroconvulsive therapy
  • Highly trained team in psychiatry and ECT
  • Safe and secure environment

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What Conditions are Treated with ECT?

  • Bipolar disorder
  • Mania
  • Forms of schizophrenia
  • Depression that does not respond to medication

When is ECT given?

  • If there is an urgent psychiatric or medical need for a rapid response
  • Patients have not responded to other treatments
  • Other treatments appear to be less safe or difficult to tolerate
  • Patients have responded well to ECT in the past

How long does ECT take?

A course of ECT generally consists of six to 12 treatments administered three times weekly. Treatments are administered on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

Continuation and maintenance ECT is available depending on the need of the patient as determined by our treatment team along with the attending physician.

Your Care Team

Our treatment team includes psychiatrists, psychologists, nurses, social workers, chaplains, dieticians, family counselors and therapists.

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