ECT is recognized by the National Institute of Mental Health as a successful treatment option for severe depression, bipolar disorder, and schizophrenia. The experienced psychiatrists, anesthesiologists, and registered nurses at Windmoor Healthcare has received extensive training on how to conduct as safe and effective ECT as possible.
A potential candidate for ECT may show signs of sadness, despair, difficulty concentrating, loss of appetite, or inability to sleep. The procedure can work faster than psychiatric medications and psychotherapy and may provide life-saving results where other treatments have failed. Today, as many as 100,000 people in the United States receive ECT each year.
Outpatient ECT is offered at our Clearwater, Tampa, and St. Petersburg locations. Visit our contact page for the phone number and address of each facility. The procedure normally takes around two hours from admission to discharge.
A patient usually receives six to twelve ECT treatments two or three times a week. Most patients remain well many months after treatment though monthly or bimonthly treatment is an option to maintain remission.
It is common for patients to experience mild confusion after treatment. A patient may wake up not remembering where he or she is or why he or she received ECT. This generally lasts from a few minutes to several hours. Often patients describe their thinking as “hazy” or “cloudy” after the procedure.
We cannot offer diagnosis, counseling, or recommendations online, but an assessment and referral specialist is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at 727-541-2646. If you are currently experiencing an emergency, please dial 911 or go to the nearest emergency room.
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