Electroconvulsive Therapy Program

Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT) is available for people suffering from particular behavioral and emotional disturbances, including some forms of depression, bipolar disorder, and schizophrenia. It is most often used in the treatment of severe depression that has not responded to medications and psychotherapy. This treatment is offered through a partnership between Langley Porter and the Ambulatory Services Center of UCSF Medical Center.


Evaluation for ECT includes psychiatric and physical assessment and an informational exchange with interested patients and their families, where appropriate. Treatment generally is administered up to three times per week for several weeks. ECT is generally started during an inpatient stay, but may also be available on an outpatient basis, depending on individual circumstances. Maintenance treatment is also available as appropriate.

How to Make an Appointment

Patients referred for ECT must have a primary treating psychiatrist. The referring psychiatrist may call 415-476-7430.


Educational Websites About ECT:

Medline Plus
American Psychiatric Association
Mental Health Infosource
The Mayo Clinic


Electroshock: Healing Mental Illness by Max Fink
Shock: The Healing Power of Electroconvulsive Therapy by Kitty Dukakis and Larry Tye


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