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New mental health treatment unit opens at Michigan hospital

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A new mental health treatment unit at the University of Michigan Health System will expand the availability of a therapy for people with severe forms of depression and other illnesses.

The university Department of Psychiatry's new $3.6 million site that's opening Monday is for electroconvulsive therapy, or ECT. The project converted a 9,500-square-foot area of University Hospital South from unused operating rooms to a suite for ECT.

Patients receive a course of treatments at the health system. ECT is based on electrical stimulation of the brain that's delivered under sedation.

The program treats adult and teenage patients with treatment-resistant depression, intense mania associated with bipolar disorder, psychosis in psychotic disorders such as schizophrenia and those in catatonic states due to mood disorder or psychosis-causing conditions.

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