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Re: Depression Can Be Fatal! Caedmon

Posted by TylerJ on April 6, 2006, at 19:47:31

In reply to Re: Depression Can Be Fatal! yxibow, posted by Caedmon on April 6, 2006, at 18:52:14

> > I would consider ECT over an MAOI.
> Interesting. I have strongly considered ECT many times, and if I had the money I would probably give it a go. Although I have no problem trying out MAOIs. The diet is okay, it requires a certain degree of vigilance and mindfulness, but that's something most of us could use anyway.
> >EMSAM -- still not the panacea that it is, because beyond the little dose patch, there are still bold warnings about hypertensive crisis, which is pretty serious.
> I know. I'm finding EMSAM a disappointing prospect, but I'm trying not to be too cynical. I understand oral selegiline to be somewhat less effective than other nonreversible MAOIs like phenelzine.
> - C

The biggest problem with ECT is that it doesn't last. And believe me, it's not as easy and comfortable as "they" say it is. I had 24 treatments in 1997. The treatment itself is painless, but afterwords you feel like you've been hit by a truck, severe headache and flu like syptoms. And memory loss is worse than most pdocs say it'll be. I've lost for good everything 3 mos. before my treatments. And, oh yea, they want you to keep going back for maintenance treatments. I know I'll never do it again...I seriously think it's way over rated.





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