Neuromodulation—stimulation of nerves in the brain—can significantly reduce symptoms of certain treatment-resistant mental health disorders. 

Electroconvulsive Therapy

 Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT), or shock therapy, is an advanced treatment option for patients with severe major depression, bipolar disorder or schizophrenia.

The doctor may recommend ECT if other treatments have been ineffective and the condition significantly impairs daily functioning. During the acute phase of treatment, patients receive ECT three times a week in either an inpatient or outpatient setting.

Providers in our ECT program include psychiatrists, psychiatric nurses, anesthesiologists, anesthesiology assistants and recovery nurses with advanced training in ECT.

Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation

Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) is an effective option for treatment-resistant depression. Patients who have not responded to four antidepressant trials and psychotherapy are eligible to receive TMS.

This treatment is performed in an office setting and does not require anesthesia. Patients typically receive five treatments a week (30 to 60 minutes each) for four to six weeks. 

Take the Next Step

Schedule an appointment with a mental health provider to determine whether neuromodulation may be right for you.

Talk With Your Doctor

Ask your mental health provider for a referral to our ECT or TMS services in Albuquerque for further evaluation and information. At your initial evaluation, we will discuss precise details about your treatment options.