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Electroconvulsive Therapy

Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) is most commonly used in patients with severe major depression, bipolar disorder or schizophrenia. ECT is indicated if other treatments have been ineffective and the current episode is acute resulting in a significant impairment in level of functioning. 

The UNM ECT program includes an experienced multidisciplinary team of ECT psychiatrists, ECT psychiatric nurses, anesthesiologists, anesthesiology assistants, and recovery nurses. During the acute phase of treatment, ECT is performed three times per week in either inpatient or outpatient settings.

Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation

Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) is an effective option for treatment-resistant depression. Patients who have not responded to four antidepressant trials and psychotherapy are eligible to receive TMS. This treatment is performed in an office setting and does not require anesthesia. Patients typically receive five treatments per week (30 to 60 minutes each) for four to six weeks.

ECT or TMS Evaluation

Please ask your independent mental health provider for a referral to our ECT or TMS services in Albuquerque for further evaluation and information. Precise details about the TMS or ECT procedure will be discussed during your initial evaluation. 


Phone: 505-272-0406
Fax: 505-272-9843 
attention "ECT Service" or "TMS Service"


UNM Psychiatric Center (ECT and TMS services) 
2600 Marble Ave. NE
Albuquerque, NM 87131

UNM Outpatient Surgical and Imaging Services (TMS services only)
1213 University Blvd. NE
Albuquerque NM 87131

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