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Re: Will ECT work this time?

Posted by alan on July 10, 1999, at 0:23:43

In reply to Will ECT work this time?, posted by Kathy Martin on July 9, 1999, at 21:34:43

> I have had three different series of ECT treatments in
> the past. The first in 1976 really cured me completely
> of depression. The other two in 1993 and 1996 were not
> very sucessful. Why did it work so well the first time.
> I was told that bilateral treatments work better than
> unilateral which I got in 1996. I have tried just about
> every medication out there and nothing has gotten rid of
> this very painful 3 year old depression. I am desperate
> and I am considering ECT again. I just can't go on like this.
> Any comments greatly appreciated.
> Thanks, Kathy

Bilateral does tend to be more effective. It may cause a bit more in the way of side effects (which is why they don't always use it), but I assume that as an ECT veteran you are not too concerned with that. I suppose it is worth a try.




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