Electroconvulsive Therapy

Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT) is a safe and effective medical treatment for certain psychiatric conditions such asmajor depressive disorder, bipolar disorder and some episodes of schizophrenia. The procedure is done under general anaesthesia.  Patients are assessed by the ECT treatment team in collaboration with the attending psychiatrist.  Treatment is administered by a specially trained team of psychiatrists, anesthetists and registered nurses. The clinic usually operates Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

Inclusion Criteria

  • Client associated with Ontario Shores
  • Client referred from external hospital outpatient programs deemed suitable for treatment by ECT Psychiatrist
  • Medically stable and cleared for treatment by an Anesthetist


How to access this service

Referrals are accepted from psychiatrists of Ontario Shores or psychiatrists from external hospitals. An ECT Consult will take place with an Ontario Shores Psychiatrist to determine suitability.


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