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Re: ECT...I am scared to death john51

Posted by Crotale on July 4, 2008, at 9:53:54

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

Well, I've been having ECT for the last few weeks and although I have gotten some headaches, and I've been sort of confused upon waking, those are the only side effects I've had and they're not so bad. However, memory problems are pretty common with ECT (although from what I gather from the reading I've been doing in medical journals & textbooks, the cognitive side effects generally aren't permanent).

I bet there are some folks here on Psychobabble who can suggest some meds you haven't tried yet. The challenge, more often, is finding a pdoc who's willing to prescribe them!

Why don't you try listing the medications and combos of meds you've tried? Another thing that might be helpful is giving us an idea what sort of symptoms you're trying to treat. Like for example, do you have bipolar disorder? Atypical depression? Panic/anxiety attacks? ADD? That sort of thing. Remember this is a support group and we're not going to make fun of you or anything...we're here to help.

-Crotale


> I have been to countless pdocs over the years and have tried just about every possible pmed and many combinations. My pdoc is basically saying that the only thing left to try is ECT. I have agreed to do it but I am SCARED TO DEATH at the prospect of the memory loss, possible loss of cognitive abilities, and from what others have told me...terrible headaches between treatments.
>
> Has anyone out there got any thing to offer either pro or con involving ECT???
>
> PLEASE HELP!! I AM DESPERATE!


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