Posted by Eric on March 19, 2001, at 19:08:18
In reply to How much does ECT cost?, posted by SalArmy4me on March 19, 2001, at 10:47:19
> Its about time I just get this depression over with already.
Jason, ECT is very expensive. However it is also quite effective from what I have been told and read. Insurance should cover it. Unilateral ECT is said to have the least side effects. Bilateral ECT is said to cause pretty bad memory problems as a side effect. ECT is also supposed to be very effective for all types of mood disorders. From straightforward unipolar depression to bipolar manic depression. Also it is said to be good for psychotic depression or depression with delusions.
Check out Max Fink's ECT website if you want to read more about the specifics of ECT. My advice to you would be to perhaps consider it and it may or may not be for you...only YOU can truly decide that. However like anything else, remember you are paying for this service and the old adage "buyer beware" applies. So pick your shock doc carefully, ask a lot of questions and hopefully you will be able to make a good decision about it.
My biggest concern about it personally is I have been told by several psychiatrists that once you get ECT done, if you switch insurance plans in the future you may not get mental health coverage. Sometimes after youve had a series of ECTs and if you switch insurance plans, the new insurance company will put a "rider" into your plan denying you mental health coverage. Unfortunately in insurance, the laws which apply to mainstream medical coverage or "physical" illnesses dont necessarily apply to mental health coverage. So check into that, its something to think about.