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Re: ECT...I am scared to death

Posted by maz81 on June 29, 2008, at 16:07:56

In reply to ECT...I am scared to death, posted by john51 on June 28, 2008, at 6:12:06

I don't know what meds you've taken but I think it's unlikely that you've have exhausted every option and combination, especially as lot of pdocs tend to be quite conservative with dosages and will not prescribe "off label" meds. However, if you are a feeling desperate and want to feel better in a few weeks time then I think ECT is a great option. The chances of it working are extremely high. The frustration of going through endless med trials can take it's toll.

I had ECT seven years ago for unipolar depression and had a complete remission after 18 treatments. (I don't think most people need that many) This was sustained for five years. I only relapsed due to a hypomanic episode which led to depression. I then had ECT again for the bipolar depression one year ago. I again had a complete remission but unfortunately I relapsed after three months. I would definitely do it again if I could convince my doctor and have maintenance ECT if I relapsed.

The only side effects I have had are temporary memory loss around the time of the ECT and minor headaches directly after the treatment. I have never noticed any cognitive changes. I feel as sharp as ever. I wrote a diary during and after the ECT which was very helpful as it helped to jog my memory on things.

Good luck with whatever you decide to do!




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