ECT Related Content

Myth Busting: Spreading the Truth About ECT

Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) has been around since the late 1930s, and it has been clear from the beginning that it is an effective treatment for patients with certain types of mental illness, including severe depression , severe mania, and catatonia. Despite this potential to provide dramatic...

Why ECT Is Becoming a Preferred Depression Treatment

Brian Neville had a good life. A one-time bodybuilder, he was 43, a successful businessman in the tanning industry, with a home in Massachusetts and a vacation condo in Florida. Then one morning in 2006 he woke up with the blues . It developed into a persistent darkness that just would not go away...

ECT Treatment: A History of Helping Patients

Dr. Stephen Seiner, ECT expert, and Terry A. Bragg, MSLS, MA, McLean Hospital historian and archivist, share the history behind electroconvulsive therapy. Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) is used to treat patients with certain types of mental illness, including severe depression , severe mania, and...

Fighting Depression: TMS and ECT are Sought-After Treatments

Elizabeth See struggled with depression for more than a decade when, in November 2014, she was diagnosed with Goodpasture syndrome, a rare autoimmune disease that attacks the kidneys and lungs. A tennis professional, she suddenly found her livelihood and passion restricted by physical constraints...

A Case of Pulmonary Embolism

My name is Katherine Athens and I am a nurse in the electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) clinic. It was a busy Friday in the clinic in March, a year ago. We were preparing to treat over 50 patients that day. Our practice had been expanding over the years, and it was hardly unusual to treat 50-plus...

Building Trust Slowly With a Longtime Patient

My name is Sandra Feehan. I have worked at McLean for 15 years and feel very fortunate to have a job I look forward to every day. I work primarily in the Neurotherapeutics department with patients undergoing electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) for disorders such as chronic depression, mania, catatonia...

Staff Profile: Brian W. Boyle, MD

Brian W. Boyle, MD, is a staff psychiatrist at McLean Hospital’s Psychiatric Neurotherapeutics Program, where he cares for patients with treatment-resistant depression using ketamine and electroconvulsive therapy (ECT). He is interested in the treatment of patients who struggle with both mood and...

Staff Profile: Christine L. Picard, MSN, PMHCNS-BC

Christine L. Picard, MSN, PMHCNS-BC, started her career at McLean Hospital in 1987 as a registered nurse on an inpatient unit. She continued her work with adolescent inpatients at the UCLA Neuropsychiatric Institute while completing her advanced degree as a psychiatric clinical nurse specialist. She...

Staff Profile: Hayley Parét, MSN, PMHNP-BC

Hayley Parét, MSN, PMHNP-BC, is a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. Breaking the barriers of traditional nursing practice, Ms. Parét is one of the first nurse practitioners to become both an ECT and ketamine provider at McLean’s Psychiatric Neurotherapeutics Program. Ms...

Staff Profile: Violeta Valdivia, MD

Violeta Valdivia, MD, is a staff psychiatrist at McLean’s Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT) Service. She completed one year of post-residency training at Massachusetts General Hospital for electroconvulsive therapy and transcranial magnetic stimulation therapy. Dr, Valdivia also evaluates patients for...

Staff Profile: Paula Bolton, MS, CNP, ANP-BC

Paula Bolton, MS, CNP, ANP-BC, has been a nurse practitioner in the Internal Medicine Department at McLean Hospital for over 25 years. Her clinical practice has focused on health promotion and disease prevention for psychiatric patients. She has worked with inpatients, residential patients and...

Staff Profile: Stephanie White-Bateman, MD

In her clinical work, Stephanie White-Bateman, MD, focuses on the treatment of mood and anxiety disorders using medication management as well as psychotherapeutic and neurotherapeutic approaches. She began her career at McLean as an attending psychiatrist on the inpatient Short Term Unit for mood...

Staff Profile: John B. Roseman, MD

John B. Roseman, MD, has interests spanning a broad range, with expertise in bioinformatics, medical education, and neurotherapeutics, particularly electroconvulsive therapy (ECT). As the associate director of the ECT Service at McLean Hospital, Dr. Roseman shares oversight of the busiest ECT...