Psycho-Babble Medication | about biological treatments | Framed
This thread | Show all | Post follow-up | Start new thread | List of forums | Search | FAQ

Re: Kay Jamison on ECT

Posted by Abby on December 24, 1999, at 23:07:40

In reply to Re: ECT Experiences? ( not for me), posted by JohnL on December 24, 1999, at 17:16:02

> From what I understand, ECT is a safe and effective method of relieving various forms of depression. That is especially true if there have already been 3 failures of meds at therapeutic levels. I have heard more than one doctor say they would do ECT first before drugs if they got depressed. Like drugs, it will work or it won't. But it usually works. I think it has a stigma as being something overly serious and dangerous. Sort of the same way some people view Lithium. When I hear ECT, I get this mental picture of Frankenstein being zapped and jolted! :) But I know it isn't like that.
> I hear ECT causes short term memory loss that resolves quickly on its own. I think the biggest downfall of ECT is the cost. It involves anesthesia and the works, repeatedly. But it often allows the patient to finally experience remission of their dysthymia, melancholia, severe depression, or psychotic depression after many drug failures. Not everyone of course, but many.
> This is all based on things I've read and heard. I have no experience with ECT at all. I get the general sense that a lot of people would be better today if they had tried ECT earlier in treatment. Would I try ECT? Well, if it cost a hundred bucks, plus or minus, yeah, definitely, in a flash. ECT has come a long way to its present high-tech form. I would trust trying it if I had the money. I would be cheering for anyone trying it, because it stands a good chance of providing the person with relief, finally. And promptly. JohnL

Kay Jamison did a video in a series called Great Minds of Medicine shortly after her book An Unquiet Mind came out.
I was watching it with my father whene we were trying to convince her that her manic-depressive illness--mixed states
was serious and needed medical treatment.

The interviewer was asking her several questions and then said something about ECT as a last resort treatment.
Jamison said she wasn't sure that was the best way to talk about it. She had written instructions that if she
were ever really depressed she was to get ECT. She had been agitated when on anti-depressants, and she was concerned
about the risk of mania with SSRIs. She said something liek ECT was remarkably safe and effective, that the 'last-resort' attitude
was not particularly rational---manipulate your brain with electro-chemical impulses or with drugs--not much difference.





Post a new follow-up

Your message only Include above post

Notify the administrators

They will then review this post with the posting guidelines in mind.

To contact them about something other than this post, please use this form instead.


Start a new thread

Google www
Search options and examples
[amazon] for

This thread | Show all | Post follow-up | Start new thread | FAQ
Psycho-Babble Medication | Framed

poster:Abby thread:17444