Electro-Convulsive Therapy

While significant advances in the treatment of mental illness have been made in recent years, Electro-Convulsive Therapy (ECT) remains one of the most successful treatment options for many types of mental illnesses when other interventions are neither safe nor effective. Our behavioral health center is located in South Jersey, a convenient drive from Central New Jersey and Philadelphia regions.

ECT may be beneficial for individuals who suffer from severe depression, suicidal impulses, mania, schizophrenia or other mental illnesses. It may also be appropriate for patients with treatment-resistant neurological disorders. ECT may be recommended when other treatment methods have not been successful in relieving symptoms, the patient poses risks to his/her health or the health of others and requires immediate treatment, the medications available pose unacceptable health risks or if the patient has responded positively to ECT in the past.

Just as patients respond differently to different medications and therapy interventions, ECT can be administered in a variety of ways based on an individual’s needs. Hampton offers ECT on both an inpatient and outpatient basis.

In order to ensure that ECT is the appropriate treatment option, our staff will request medical clearance from our internal medicine consultant and a referral from a patient’s treating psychiatrist prior to scheduling the procedure. Patients will also attend an information session to learn about the benefits, risks and possible side effects of ECT.