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Re: Will ECT work this time?

Posted by Ruth on July 12, 1999, at 19:59:25

In reply to Re: Will ECT work this time?, posted by David K. on July 10, 1999, at 3:10:25

Just a comment about bi-lateral treatment. I had two series of ECT, the second being bi-lateral. I had significant cognitive side effects and actually had to stop the treatment. Among the problems was not knowing how to get places that I was very familiar with (like my sister's). I also had trouble retaining new information. It took a number of months for the side effects to dissipate and I am still having memory problems. My only thought is to be sure you've given med combos a try. If you live near a medical school you might see if you can find a psychopharmacologist to consult with. Being affiliated with a med school the person is more likely to be up on the latest latest.
Post again if you have more questions.

> > 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
> Hi, Kathy,
> Did you get my e-mail? And what did you think of my thoughts and arguements?
> Please keep in touch.
> David




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