Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT)

Contact Us

Ballard Outpatient Clinic

Fax: 206-781-6006 

Office hours
Mon, Wed,  Fri
7 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.


The clinic may close early when patient care is complete for the day. Voicemails will be returned the following business day.

Swedish Medical Center is a leading specialty center for electroconvulsive therapy (ECT). Directed by Kenneth Melman, MD, the ECT service plays an active and important role in the clinical care of many treatment refractory patients. The service treats hundreds of patients annually on an inpatient and outpatient basis, utilizing ECT for a number of psychiatric conditions. Given Swedish's superior anesthesia and medical support, we serve as a tertiary referral center for seriously ill patients requiring ECT treatment.

What is ECT?

ECT is a safe and very effective treatment for certain psychiatric disorders. ECT is most commonly used to treat patients with depression, which can be a painful and disabling illness. In addition, ECT may also be used to treat patients with psychotic or manic symptoms.

Learn more about ECT

Online Support Group

Join our community-based, peer-led online support group for past, present and prospective ECT patients.

Resources

Find books and support for people considering and undergoing ECT.

ECT: Treating Severe Depression

Learn more about ECT, the most effective treatment for severe and treatment-resistant depression.