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more ECT for treatment resistant depression?

Posted by Merci on June 18, 2003, at 10:10:12

Hello all,

I posted a few weeks ago after an unsuccessful series of ECT treatments (11 total: 3 unilateral and 8 bilateral). There was nothing positive about my experience; in my opinion it was a complete waste of time. My pdoc wants me to see a psychopharmacologist, which seems logical to me. However, it is going to take several months to get an appointment.

In the meantime, I'm working pretty hard to keep things together. It doesn't feel like I'm too successful. I'm sleeping terribly, having crying spells that just won't stop, feeling sadder than I ever thought possible and hating myself in general.

This post does have a point: my pdoc has suggested that I consider further ECT treatments. He says that some people with treatment resistant depression need MORE than the "average" amount of ECT. My gut reaction is that if 11 treatments were absolutely worthless, is it really worth it to try MORE treatments? I haven't researched this yet, so maybe I'm wrong. As awful as I feel right now, my intinct is to say no to more ECT.

Does anyone have personal experience or knowledge about this? I do plan on doing some research, but I'd appreciate any input that anyone has. I know this is a big decision, but I'm having just as hard a time making small decisions. When will this sadness end?





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