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Division of Depression and Anxiety Disorders

Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT) Service

With components in clinical care, research, and education, the team at McLean’s Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT) Service is dedicated to improving the quality of life for individuals with a broad range of psychiatric illnesses. ECT is a highly effective conventional intervention for chronic depression, mania, catatonia, and schizophrenia.

McLean Hospital is a leading specialty center for electroconvulsive therapy, having conducted ECT treatments for over 60 years. Using a collaborative team approach, we aim to maximize the effectiveness of psychotherapy, medication management, and psychosocial treatments already offered at McLean with emerging techniques, technologies, and interventions.

Call 617.855.2355 for more information.

ECT Service in the News

60 Minutes recently highlighted ECT and treatment at McLean Hospital. Watch the video.

Read more about why ECT shouldn’t be a last-resort treatment.

A recent series stories highlight ECT:

The New York Times highlights McLean in this article about ECT advocate Kitty Dukakis.

Dr. Charles Welch is featured on WBUR’s OnPoint, along with Kitty Dukakis, clarifying how ECT works.

WHYY’s The Pulse and Dr. Stephen Seiner dispel historical myths about ECT.