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Re: ECT Experiences? ( not for me)

Posted by kelly on December 30, 1999, at 19:45:14

In reply to ECT Experiences? ( not for me), posted by anna on December 24, 1999, at 16:41:47

> Question--Just spoke to a dear friend--not me, honest-- who insists she needs ECT. I thought ECT is used only for very severe depression that hasn't responded to anything else. She's had clinical dep. last 5 yrs. Never hospitalized, but contemplated suicide. Has had good periods via various meds--much more good than bad last 2 years. Even thru worst of it keeps up a nice home, kids, volunteers --doesn't lay around. Has everything materially--no $worries. Always looking for THE ANSWER--with various therapists. But has stuck with prominent psychopharm last 2 yrs. Seems to feel nothing "really works" for her...
> But ECT? Her P-doc says too many things to try first. But she also found a doc who thinks she should "just try it." JUST TRY ECT? Did anyone out there have ect for major (but not major-major depression...if you get me) Though I have had my moments, don't think I've ever been as depressed as her, so maybe i am not being fair. Love to hear of any others in similar situation. I am worried--she has low self esteem and is not considering consequences of her behaviors. Thanks

I haven't had ECT, But i was asked by my DR. if i wanted to have in done since the meds didn't seem to be working.Does your friend know all the Proes & cons about ECT?
I know a muscle relaxant & a mild anesthetic are administered before the start of the shocks. they shock you for second, they might have to keep this going til you have a seizure, that can last at least 30 sec. ECT are typically received 3 treatments a week for several weeks. It does work for some,But it can cause irreversible damage in some people. I would tell your friend to look into it more,& try other meds first.




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