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Division of Depression and Anxiety Disorders

Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT) Service

With components in clinical care, research and education, the Psychiatric Neurotherapeutics Program (PNP) team is dedicated to improving the quality of life for individuals with a broad range of psychiatric illnesses. Electroconvulsive therapy (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

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

A recent series of McLean Hospital stories on HuffPost 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.