Electroconvulsive therapy: Approach to Care

Depression is a serious disease.

To request more information, or to schedule an evaluation, call 352-265-5481.

More than 14 million American adults are suffering with major depressive disorder annually. It’s the leading cause of disability in American people between the ages of 15 and 44 years old.

Major depression can interfere with a person’s ability to eat, sleep, work and/or socialize.  According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, long-lasting symptoms (for two or more weeks) may include:

  • Persistent sad, anxious or “empty” mood
  • Feelings of hopelessness, pessimism
  • Feelings of guilt, worthlessness, helplessness
  • Loss of interest or pleasure in hobbies and activities, including sex
  • Decreased energy, fatigue, feeling slowed down
  • Difficulty concentrating, remembering, making decisions
  • Insomnia, early-morning awakening or oversleeping
  • Low appetite and weight loss or overeating and weight gain
  • Thoughts of death or suicide, suicide attempts
  • Restlessness, irritability
  • Persistent physical symptoms that do not respond to treatment, such as headaches, digestive disorders and pain for which no other cause can be diagnosed 

If you or a loved one is struggling with major depression, and medications have not helped, you are not alone. That’s why the expert physicians at UF Health Psychiatry are working to bring you the newest, most advanced treatments available anywhere, including ECT.  

ECT uses an electric current to stimulate the brain. This process is believed to act as a “reboot” for the brain, and evidence shows that it relieves the symptoms of major depressive disorder.

To request more information, or to schedule an evaluation, call 352-265-5481.