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.