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Re: First ECT went fine

Posted by SLS on September 26, 2006, at 5:52:10

In reply to First ECT went fine, posted by blueberry on September 25, 2006, at 12:54:49

> My first ECT session was 6:00 this morning and it went fine. I don't know whether it is placebo effect, relief in knowing that something new is being tried, recently stopping prozac and then lexapro which were both lousy, or the ECT itself, but I feel noticeably better today than in months.


Let's hope that it's a harbinger of things to come.

I admire you for your decision.

It almost makes me want to go back and try it again. I had 6 unilateral left followed by 9 bilateral, but who knows if the application has changed since 1991. I did have Andrew Niernberg, MD take a look at my ECT EEGs during my consultation with him not too long afterwards. They do indicate seizures of sufficient duration. But who knows if they were of sufficient power or what? I don't know. In a correspondence with Max Fink, MD, he told me that much had been learned since 1991. And that was in 2000. I have not kept up with the research since 2000. I have to believe that inquiry into ECT is as vigorous as with any medical treatment, and that progress has been made.

Einstein: Insanity - doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.

Are today's zaps that much different from yesterday's zaps?

Any comments?

I think I'll wait for rTMS to get approved.

- Scott




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