Please note that this treatment is not currently offered, but is coming soon.

ECT rapidly treats severe or treatment-resistant mental illnesses by delivering a controlled electrical stimulus to the brain. Over the decades, ECT has been extensively studied and refined, and it is a safe, comfortable and lifesaving treatment for many.

Due to antiquated, inaccurate and sensationalized media portrayals, ECT has been misrepresented and stigmatized. In reality, this procedure is considered to be the gold standard and most effective acute antidepressant treatment available for those suffering from severe or incapacitating mental illness.

Holly Hill is proud to be the only ECT provider in Wake County and offers this service at our new South Campus Adult Hospital.

Who We Treat

Adults ages 18 and older (including pregnant women) experiencing treatment-resistant, incapacitating or severe mental illness such as:

  • Suicidality
  • Bipolar states
  • Catatonia
  • Schizoaffective
  • Schizophrenia
  • Delusions

Coming in late summer or early fall, our ECT Program will be available in both inpatient and outpatient settings on Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings.

How We Treat

Our ECT treatment team will administer twilight anesthesia and a muscle relaxer to prescreened patients and provide continuous cardiac and electroencephalography (EEG) monitoring during the treatment which lasts about 12 minutes.

During ECT, a brief and controlled seizure is induced via electrodes placed on one or both sides of the patient’s head.

Patients may receive two to three treatments per week for approximately three to four weeks. Treatment plans may include medication and future maintenance ECT.