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Electroconvulsive therapy, or ECT, has been shown to be the most effective treatment for severe depression, and is also beneficial for people with bipolar disorder and other mood-related conditions, particularly for those which have not responded well to medication. Many decades of use have demonstrated its safety. For some patients, this approach may be even safer than medication.
The comprehensive evaluation and treatment process at our Boston hospital is overseen by Edward Silberman, MD, Chief of Adult Psychiatry, who has many years of experience using ECT as a therapy. We explain the procedure in advance, so you know what to expect every step of the way. Patients are also evaluated by other medical specialists as needed and anesthesiologists prior to ECT being initiated. ECT is administered under a brief form of anesthesia, and each session takes only about ten minutes. We offer ECT to both inpatients and outpatients at Tufts Medical Center.
Title(s): Attending Psychiatrist; Professor, Tufts University School of Medicine
Appt. Phone: 617-636-0218
Fax #: 617-636-4852
Psychotherapy, psychopharmacology, anxiety disorders, dissociative disorders, forensic psychiatry, executive consultant