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Re: Toby and Others...curious about ect

Posted by Joan D. on July 4, 1999, at 11:28:50

In reply to Re: Toby and Others...curious about ect, posted by alan on May 30, 1999, at 3:17:37

> I think there is reason to believe that the longer a depressive episode lasts, the higher the probability of (more frequent, more severe) recurrence. This is supposed to apply with special force to the first occurrences. If this is true, and if ECT is the fastest acting treatment, then it seems irresponsible to not use it as THE first line treatment, especially in initial occurences.
> Moreover, it might be much less expensive in the long run. Comments?

I have had many rounds of ECT for bipolar depressions and manias. Yes they can be highly effective.
Don't kid yourself many lose some memory especially retaining recent memories.
I have always had a day or two of muscle aches-nothing unbearable,and a big time headache on the day of the treatment.
I have not been on Geraldo and don't intend to go but I resent the implication that what i have experienced
is fake. ECT has made life possible for me but it should not be undertaken lighlty
or without full(and honest)consideration of the possible side effects.




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