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Re: MAOI Wowie!

Posted by LostBoyinNC1 on July 29, 2002, at 23:32:23

In reply to Re: MAOI Wowie! LostBoyinNC1, posted by Bob on July 29, 2002, at 22:39:02

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> > Reading about ECT convinced me the modern form of it, providing it is done correctly and you are properly oxygenated is safe. Definitely safer than MAOIs. Even though Im on Parnate, I still view ECT as medically safer than MAOI therapy.
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> If ECT is so safe, then why is the medical establishment not advocating ECT right of the bat for many patients and forgoing drugs altogether. Why can't people just get ECT treatments at regular intervals for the rest of their lives and forget about drugs? Seems like that would be a viable option if the treatment was that safe, but I just don't hear about it being done.

Well, honestly a lot of the medical establishment is terrified of ECT just like the general public is. Just like you are terrified of it. I have known psychiatrits who acted scared of it. Most psychiatrists dont do ECT, probably some of that is cause they are chickenshit. Its probably too medical, too involved for a lot of psychiatists. And actually, my family doctor...totally nonconnected in anyway to the mental health field or ECT, he raves about ECT. He told me the reason its not used as a first or second line treatment for depression is mainly stigma. Basically you cant talk people into it cause they are scared of it. They watched One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest and thats ECT for them ever.

> Why are you taking an MAOI, if you believe ECT is a better option?

Well I actually wanted ECT two months ago but my Pdoc specifically said he thought I had a better chance of responding to an MAOI cause he says I have an "atypical depression." Whatever that is. But trust me, if the Parnate does not pan out I will be getting ECT done.




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