For people with mental illnesses such as severe depression, schizophrenia, or suicidal thoughts, electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) is a proven way to help manage brain chemistry to help the patient feel more at peace. ECT is known as a highly effective method for treating these kinds of problems, recording a success rate of between 60-90%. The practice’s endorsements include the National Institute of Mental Health, the American Psychiatric Association, the American Medical Association, and the U.S. Surgeon General. You can learn more about ECT at University Medical Center by clicking here to read UMC’s ECT Patient’s Guide.