Frequently Asked Questions

Does electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) work?

Yes, it is effective for more than 80 percent of the patients.

Does ECT hurt?
How long will each visit take?

Expect to spend two to three hours in the ECT suite at each visit.

Does my transportation have wait for me?
Can I have something to eat or drink before coming to my ECT appointment?

No. You may have nothing to eat or drink after midnight the night before ECT.

Should I take my morning medications?
Will anyone be able to tell that I’m having ECT treatments?

No. You will not look any different after the treatment.

Does insurance pay for ECT?
What if I need to change or cancel an appointment?

Call 216-844-5559. You may leave a message. Please give 24 hour notice.

Do I still need to see my regular psychiatrist while doing ECT?
Do I still take my psychiatric medications while doing ECT?

Yes, unless instructed differently by the psychiatrist or anesthesiologist. Some medications may interfere with your seizure duration. If that is the case, the ECT psychiatrist may have you hold or temporarily stop some of your medications.

What if I still have questions?

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