Posted by greywolf on October 24, 2008, at 20:59:06
In reply to Re: Exotic Meds for Treatment Resistant Depression, posted by utopizen on October 23, 2008, at 22:43:34
> 1 year is fine. After that, if a doc isn't considering ECT, it's either the patient won't consent, or the doc's rationale is fundamentally grounded by hysteria, and little else. The APA fully supports its safety and efficacy.
That statement is a gross oversimplification in my view. I've got a great psychiatrist who uses ECT, but is also very forthcoming regarding its short- and long-term risks. Which is why although ECT remains an option for me, he recommended trying VNS surgery first. ECT may have an undeservedly bad rep to a certain extent, but there are practical drawbacks to its use that are well recognized by professionals.
I'm glad it worked well for you. But I'm not sure that it is fair to suggest that people who choose not to go the ECT route are being irrational or hysterical.
Continued good health to you.