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Re: ECT response rate

Posted by linkadge on July 5, 2008, at 17:26:19

In reply to Re: ECT response rate BGB, posted by Zeba on July 5, 2008, at 16:54:27

Yes, if the procedure works then perhaps the memory loss is justified.

Some things in mind however.

a) the treatment may not work but still cause significant memory impairment. Then you're just as depressed (or more - and less functional). Damage to the brain struture may also make one more treatment resistant. You could win a battle but loose the war.

b) the treatment may only *initially* work yet memory impairment is pervasive and long lasting.

c) It may work well the first time, yet not work well the next. Change the electrode placement by a millimetre and the electricity might travel a different neural pathway. The procedure can be very unpredictable. So its not *necessarily* like "well it worked for me in the past, so I can rely on it in the future".

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