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Brain Stimulation Center

Brain Stimulation Center

The Carolina Center for Behavioral Health is home to the Brain Stimulation Center, which provides Brainsway transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) and electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) for patients with severe cases of depression who have not benefited from traditional treatment.

Brainsway Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS)

Brainsway TMS is a safe and non-invasive treatment that stimulates brain regions with brief magnetic pulses to alleviate severe depression. The procedure does not involve anesthesia or affect memory. TMS produces no systemic side effects, is approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and only requires 20-minute daily sessions over a four- to five-week period.

Please read our Brainsway TMS brochure or visit Brainway’s website for more details.

Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT)

ECT is a safe and effective treatment for people who are unresponsive to traditional therapy and medication management. It provides another option for relief of severe depression and suicidal thoughts. The procedure can be life-saving and is proven to relieve mania and acute psychosis.

The Carolina Center for Behavioral Health offers ECT as inpatient and outpatient treatment. The procedure is administered at our facility under the supervision of a psychiatrist, anesthesiologist, and an ECT nursing team.

All patient referrals to the ECT program must be medically cleared by a professional prior to an initial consultation with our staff. During the consultation, we will fully explain ECT and what to expect before, during, and after the procedure.

We encourage all professionals to call our Assessment staff directly with any referrals to our programs. Our ECT Coordinator will follow up on all ECT inquiries.

To help determine if ECT is an appropriate course of treatment, please be prepared to share the following information with our staff:

  • Brief history of present illness and symptoms
  • Justification for ECT treatment
  • Psychiatric and substance abuse history
  • Medical history
  • Allergies
  • Previous medication trials
  • Current medications
  • Mental status exam results
  • Patient assets and strengths
  • Pertinent labs
  • Signature of a referring psychiatrist

A complete outpatient ECT referral form will be provided by the ECT Coordinator.

Learn More About ECT

Please call 864-235-2335 for more information. The Carolina Center for Behavioral Health is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to answer your questions.