Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT)

Treatment for Severe Mental Health Issues

Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT) is recognized by the National Institute of Mental Health as a successful treatment option for severe depression, bipolar disorder and schizophrenia. Patients with these illnesses may experience sadness, despair, difficulty concentrating, loss of appetite and inability to sleep. They may also have suicidal tendencies.


Today, as many as 100,000 people in the United States receive ECT each year to treat these illnesses. Clinical and technical improvements in ECT have resulted in more effective treatments with fewer side effects. Research has found that ECT can provide dramatic, life-saving results when other treatments, such as psychiatric medications or psychotherapy, have failed or proven ineffective.

It is common for patients to experience some confusion immediately after an ECT treatment. A patient may wake up and not remember where he or she is or why he or she is receiving ECT. This generally lasts from a few minutes to several hours. Many patients experience temporary loss of recent or remote memories with ECT, especially with bilateral ECT. Other common side effects that may occur on the days a patient has an ECT treatment are nausea, headache, muscle aches or jaw discomfort. 

There are risks associated with any treatment procedure and individual results may vary. All patient referrals to the ECT program must be medically cleared by a professional before the initial consultation with our staff. During the consultation, our staff will explain the details of the procedure and what to expect before, during, and after the procedure.

Our experienced team of psychiatrists, anesthesiologists and registered nurses has received extensive specialized training in electroconvulsive therapy in order to provide our patients with the very best care in a secure, compassionate environment. Our staff will consult with you on the risks and benefits of ECT if you are a suitable candidate.

At Rolling Hills Hospital, ECT is performed on both an inpatient and outpatient basis. Referrals for ECT may be made via the ECT Fast Track process. For more information, please contact the ECT Charge Nurse at 615-628-5743.

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Rolling Hills Hospital

2014 Quail Hollow Cir.
Franklin, TN 37067

615-807-4059 (Admissions)

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