Electroconvulsive Therapy to be offered at Bryn Mawr Hospital

Submitted by Marc Burock, MD, Bryn Mawr Hospital Psychiatric Unit

 

For adults with treatment resistant depression, or acute symptoms of other specific psychiatric disorders, Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT) will be a treatment option, inpatient or outpatient at Bryn Mawr Hospital commencing mid-August.

 

Individuals with depression who have been unresponsive to medications and those with severe psychiatric symptoms including psychosis, catatonia, or acute suicidality are suitable candidates for this highly effective treatment.

 

ECT is well researched, and considered a safe and very effective treatment by the American Psychiatric Association (American Psychiatric Association, Task Force on Electroconvulsive Therapy: The Practice of Electroconvulsive Therapy: Recommendations for Treatment, Training, and Privileging. Washington, DC, American Psychiatric Association, 2001).

 

Prior to treatment an extensive psychiatric evaluation will be performed by one of our ECT-trained psychiatrists, Marc Burock, MD, or Michael Cohen, MD. Medical pre-testing will include a physical exam, EKG, blood work, and possibly other testing or specialist evaluations if indicated.

 

Treatment will be performed by a clinical team including psychiatrist, anesthesiologist and nurse. ECT treatments are typically administered two to three times per week over a three- to four-week period, dependent on the patient’s response.

 

Most insurances cover treatment.

 

For more information contact Behavioral Health Central Intake at 1.888.227.3898 or see mainlinehealth.org/behavioral.

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