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.

Inclusion Criteria

  • Client associated with Ontario Shores
  • Medically stable and cleared for treatment
  • Diagnosed with major depressive episode in the context of Major Depressive Disorder or Persistent Depressive Disorder

How to access the rTMS services

At this stage, referrals are accepted from Ontario Shores psychiatrists for patients affiliated with Ontario Shores outpatient programs.

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

  • Client associated with Ontario Shores
  • Client referred from external hospital outpatient programs deemed suitable for treatment by ECT Psychiatrist
  • Medically stable and cleared for treatment by an Anesthetist

How to access ECT services

Referrals are accepted from psychiatrists of Ontario Shores or psychiatrists from external hospitals. An ECT Consult will take place with an Ontario Shores Psychiatrist to determine suitability.



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