While it is often associated with misconceptions, electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) is a specialized treatment that can be very effective in certain people struggling with severe depression and certain other behavioral health conditions not helped by medication or psychotherapy. Moustafa H. Shafey, MD, a board-certified psychiatrist on staff at CentraState, dispels some common myths about ECT.
Myth: ECT is like the shock therapy shown in old movies.
Fact: While ECT was once referred to as “shock therapy,” today’s modern therapy is a safe, advanced, and precise treatment that is nothing like it was depicted in old movies. ECT involves administering a brief electrical current to the brain while patients are under anesthesia. Parameters like muscle and brain activity are carefully monitored throughout the process. The actual treatment, which is pain-free, lasts only 30 seconds to a minute. At CentraState, treatment is carefully overseen by an experienced team that includes an ECT-certified psychiatrist, ECT-trained nurses, and a dedicated anesthesiologist in a sophisticated treatment suite.