Brain Stimulation Clinic (ECT/rTMS)

Ontario Shores offers a Brain Stimulation Clinic that comprises of two services - Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT) that we currently offer and a new treatment option, repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (rTMS).

Repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (rTMS)

rTMS is a non-invasive treatment option for those who have  treatment resistant depression and are unable to receive ECT but would benefit from a similar type of treatment.  It delivers a series of short magnetic pulses directed at the brain to stimulate nerve cells.  Patients are able to return to their regular activities immediately following treatment, which lasts about three to eight minutes.

Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT)

Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT) is a safe and effective medical treatment for certain psychiatric conditions such as major depressive disorder, bipolar disorder and some episodes of schizophrenia. The procedure is done under general anaesthesia.  Patients are assessed by the ECT treatment team in collaboration with the attending psychiatrist.  Treatment is administered by a specially trained team of psychiatrists, anesthetists and registered nurses.

Inclusion Criteria

  • Individuals struggling with depression or other mood disorders
  • ECT: individuals from adolescents to geriatrics are eligible for this treatment option and must be medically stable and cleared for treatment
  • rTMS: Referrals are accepted for individuals 18 years of age and older

Exclusion Criteria

  • rTMS is not suitable for those with a history of seizures, active suicidal/homicidal ideation, implanted neurostimulator or defribrillator, cochlear implants, or pacemakers

How to access these services

Referrals for both rTMS and ECT are accepted from Ontario Shores clinicians through our referral form.

Individuals will participate in a consultation with a Brain Stimulation Psychiatrist to ensure this treatment plan is suitable. The individual will be required to get bloodwork done by their family physician and be cleared by anesthesia before ECT.




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