Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT)
Modern electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) is a safe, effective brain stimulation
technique done under general anesthesia, using electric currents to trigger
changes in brain chemistry that may help to reverse symptoms of depression
and other psychological conditions. Saint Clare’s Behavioral Health
provides ECT for people with psychological conditions who have been unresponsive
to trials of medication and other treatments.
ECT is a common treatment option for patients experiencing: depression,
bipolar disorder, psychosis, schizophrenia, mania, or suicidal thoughts
or behavior. Circumstances that call for rapid treatment response can
also occur during pregnancy and when in a catatonic state.
Our program is led by a multidisciplinary team of experts, including psychiatrists,
a psychiatric nurse navigator, registered nurses, and anesthesiologists.
We collaborate with primary care and referring physicians to ensure each
client who comes through our program is supported through every step of
Treatment is performed by board-certified and ECT-certified psychiatrists,
who received training at New York’s prestigious Columbia University
Medical Center, an academic medical center and one of New York-Presbyterian
Hospital’s largest campuses.
We understand the myths surrounding ECT may trigger feelings of uncertainty.
This long-misunderstood technique has evolved since its early beginnings
in the 1940s, and is now considered to be among the safest, most-effective
options for a variety of common treatment-resistant psychological conditions
ECT is an evidence and research-based treatment option and benefits may
include fewer side effects and a more rapid return to a sense of health
We combine state-of-the-art equipment and technology that delivers an ultra-brief
pulse to the brain, inducing a therapeutic seizure.
Depending upon individual needs, clients will typically experience between
9-12 treatments, twice a week over the course of 6 weeks. The sessions
are approximately one hour, with the actual treatment lasting no more
than five minutes and a wake-up and recovery time (from the effects of
anesthesia) of 45 minutes.
Our psychiatric nurse navigator works closely with clients and families
to educate and inform them on what to expect before, during, and after
treatment. The consultation is provided at our Behavioral Health center
in Boonton Township and treatment is provided at Saint Clare’s Denville
Hospital. Maintenance programs are also available, depending upon post-treatment
Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT) Consultation
Saint Clare’s Behavioral Health Boonton
130 Powerville Road
Boonton, NJ 07005