White River Junction VA Medical Center, Vermont

Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT)

What is Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT)?

ECT is a type of treatment in which a current of electricity is passed through the brain, producing a convulsion or seizure.  During ECT, the individual receiving treatment is under general anesthesia.  ECT can be helpful in the treatment of several psychiatric illnesses.  The most common illness it is used for is Major Depression.  Under certain circumstances, it is used for Bipolar Disorder, Schizophrenia and Schizoaffective Disorder.

How to access services?

To use these services, veterans should be referred by a current provider.  If veterans don’t have a provider, they should go to the Primary Mental Health Clinic (PMHC), our walk-in clinic located in Primary Care.

Hours:  Monday-Friday 7:00AM-4:00PM

The phone number for the PMHC is 802-295-9363 or 1-866-687-8387 ext. 6132.