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McLean researcher

Stephen J. Seiner: Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT) Research

McLean Hospital has effectively been using Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT) to treat patients for over 60 years. With a focus on clinical care, education and research, the Psychiatric Neurotherapeutics Program (PNP) team is committed to improving the quality of life of those with a range of psychiatric illnesses through emerging techniques, technologies and interventions.

ECT involves stimulating the brain under anesthetic via a low electrical current and has impressive success rates in treating depression, schizophrenia, and other disorders. In cases of profound depression, psychotic depression, and catatonia, ECT has a success rate of more than 80%.