ECT for Bipolar Disorder

Behavioral Health Services in Northern California

About Our ECT for Bipolar Disorder In Chico, CA

Bipolar Disorder is a serious mental illness where an individual might experience symptoms of risky behavior, damaged relationships and even more serious ones like suicidal tendencies.  One of the most common types of treatment for Bipolar Disorder is a combination of medication and psychotherapy.

More recently, ECT has become one of the safest and most effective treatments available for mental health conditions, including bipolar disorder.  If you or your loved one are suffering from Bipolar Disorder, ECT could be the solution for you.  Contact us today to learn more about ECT for Bipolar Disorder in Chico, CA.

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What Is Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT)?

Electroconvulsive therapy involves using small electric currents to pass through the brain to change the brain’s chemistry. During an ECT treatment, the patient goes under general anesthesia and the small electric currents will cause a small seizure. The small seizure is what leads to brain chemistry alteration.

The most important way to ensure safety during an ECT treatment is to work with board-certified and trained psychiatrists. Here at Therapeutic Solutions, we’re the only practice in the area that provides ECT to patients who need it. Our team has the experience needed to perform ECT. Contact us today to learn more about this treatment and to schedule an appointment.

Electroconvulsive therapy works for several mental health disorders, including:

  • Bipolar Disorder (I and II)
  • Major Depressive Disorder
  • Schizophrenia
  • Mania
  • Psychosis
  • Catatonia

For bipolar disorder, ECT is effective for both depressive and manic episodes by reducing or eliminating symptoms during the episode. It’s especially effective when a patient needs immediate relief from a severe episode when medication is not effective. ECT also may help to eliminate future episodes with the help of “maintenance” treatments every few weeks. 

Call us today at (530) 899-3150 to schedule an appointment or to learn more about the services we offer for depression treatment.

Is ECT Right for You?

Ideal candidates for ECT include:

  • Patients who have a treatment-resistant mental disorder
  • Patients who experience no relief from medication or who experience very negative side effects
  • Patients who have developed a tolerance to medications
  • Patients in severe distress (suicidal thoughts, manic episode, psychosis) who need rapid relief

Contact us today to schedule an appointment so we can determine if ECT is the best treatment for your needs. 

Step 1: Administering General Anesthesia

Before administering ECT, general anesthesia is given to patients so they are asleep throughout the procedure. From this stage all the way to the end, the patient will be with a highly-qualified and experienced psychiatrist and physician who are using state-of-the-art equipment.

Step 2: Delivery of Low Voltage Electric Currents

Once the patient is sleeping, the doctors will administer small electric currents to the brain to trigger a controlled seizure. The seizure lasts only a few minutes and the patient will feel nothing during this stage. During this stage, the brain's chemistry is changing, which is what leads to relief from depression, mania, and other bipolar disorder symptoms.

Step 3: Monitoring of Vitals Following the Procedure

Once the treatment is over, the doctors will monitor the patient's vitals. Once the patient is awake, they can return home and go to sleep.

Step 4: Follow-Up Treatments

ECT requires several treatments for full effectiveness. Most patients will experience significant improvements after a few sessions. Your doctor will schedule follow-up treatments as needed. Typically, treatments occur once a week or every other week.

Call us today at (530) 899-3150 to schedule an appointment or to learn more about the services we offer for depression treatment.

The Benefits of Using ECT Instead of Other Treatments

It's Effective

There’s a reason ECT is used for patients who are unresponsive to other treatments—it’s effective. Even people who have experienced no relief from their condition using the medication can experience massive improvements from a few ECT sessions. It’s effective for long-term relief by utilizing maintenance sessions as-needed. It also involves minimal side effects compared to prescription medications. 

Experience Rapid Improvements

With both medication and talk therapy, it can take months to feel even a small amount of relief from negative mental health symptoms. With ECT, you can start experiencing improvements within a few weeks. That’s why it’s such a great option for people with more severe disorders, like bipolar, because it can help the patient much more quickly.

Great Alternative When Medication Is Not an Option

For bipolar disorder, medication and talk therapy are the first options for relief. Unfortunately, medications aren’t always effective and can lead to terrible side effects. ECT provides an effective alternative option for those patients who need it most.

It's Safe and Well-Regulated

Regardless of the misconceptions out there about ECT, it’s safe and regulated. Electroconvulsive therapy is done in a controlled setting with qualified doctors using the best technology. At Therapeutic Solutions, we perform these treatments at an outpatient surgical center and take every safety precaution.

The Benefits of Using ECT Instead of Other Treatments

Therapeutic Solutions is the only practice in the area to offer ECT. This treatment is scientific and requires a lot of training, but we understand how effective it is for bipolar disorder. 

Here’s why we’re the best choice for patients with bipolar disorder and other mental health conditions:

  • Our doctors dedicated and compassionate doctors who want the best for every patient
  • We empower patients to take an active role in improving their health
  • We have created a safe and comfortable environment to put patients at ease
  • We are always fair and transparent throughout the entire process
  • We focus on client satisfaction and happiness from start to finish
  • Our doctors are board-certified and qualified to perform ECT
  • We use state-of-the-art technology in a fully-accredited outpatient surgical center

Every person deserves to live a healthy life. We know that ECT is the best way to achieve that for a lot of people with bipolar disorder. Our doctors take the time to ensure that you have the support of the most caring team of doctors who want the best for you.

Find Out if Electroconvulsive Therapy Is Right for You

Are you experiencing treatment-resistant bipolar disorder in Chico, California? If so, ECT for bipolar disorder might be the best course of action. It’s time to work with Therapeutic Solutions, the only practice that offers ECT in the area. Get in touch or call us at (530) 270-7783, to learn more about electroconvulsive therapy and to schedule an appointment.