Posted by Bob on May 12, 2008, at 19:35:38
In reply to Re: OT - anyone know a decent forum about ECT?, posted by bleauberry on May 12, 2008, at 19:12:23
> I am an ECT survivor and with pounding fists warn anyone to stay far from it. If one wants their future to be worse than it is now, ECT is the way to go. To be fair, there must be some people who benefit longterm. I've just never seen them in real life or in literature. I have however seen real life disasters, almost 100%, from ECT.
> For me it worked for 2 days. Total remission. Then I was in an ambulance to the hospital, worse than ever. This was after a month of 12 treatments. 3 months of memory is completely gone, still, and 12 months is quite foggy, and 3 years is a bit foggy with some completely wiped out areas. Also cost a job since I could no longer remember what it was or how to do it. Couldn't even drive around town because it looked like a foreign place I had never been.
> Anyway, Yahoo has lots of forums. Go to Yahoo, find the forums area, then in the forums search box type in ECT or eletroconvulsive. There might be something there.
> A person was treatment resistant. Tried everything. Then cymbalta came out. Tried that. No good. Then a retry of Remeron. No good. The two were combined with little hope...but surprise, remission with the combination. This after failing "everything" else. Or how about T3 even when no sign of hypothyroid. Heck, even in Dr Bobs tips that is a strategy doctors get results with. There are lots of meds and combinations and permutations. Something is still available to you.
> Don't do ECT.
I personally did not have a good experience with ECT but I do not want to sway anyone else since it supposedly works for some. However I wanted to mention that before I tried it I was in pretty bad shape and have always been quite med sensitive. Problem is, endlessly trying med combinations can be quite difficult also. The withdrawals and side effects were getting unbelievable. Maybe that's why at least some people try ECT. Unfortunately, post ECT, I am worse off and even more med sensitive.