- Does electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) work?
Yes, it is effective for more than 80 percent of the patients.
- Does ECT hurt?
No. You will not feel the treatment. You might feel sore after the first treatment, and have headaches and/or nausea after any treatment.
- How long will each visit take?
Expect to spend two to three hours in the ECT suite at each visit.
- Does my transportation have to wait for me?
No. Your transportation does not have to wait at the hospital. We can call your transportation when you are ready to be picked up. If they choose to wait, the 1st floor waiting area has many amenities.
- 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?
Take only blood pressure medications with a small sip of water. Your list of medications will be reviewed at each visit. If the physician wants you to take any additional medication, you will receive written instructions.
- 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?
You should check with your insurance company to verify how much, if any, you will need to pay.
- 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?
Yes. Your psychiatrist will continue to manage your medications. The ECT psychiatrist will provide updates on your progress to your regular psychiatrist.
- 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?
You may call the ECT suite at 216-844-5559 with additional questions.