Posted by SLS on February 3, 2009, at 17:40:42
In reply to Re: Long Term SSRI Use Has Destabilzed Me, posted by NewQuestions on February 2, 2009, at 9:08:27
> Clearly, the long term use of SSRI's have change my system. Is there any reason to thing ECT will "reset" my system? Or does ECT only work for a specific sub-set of people, perhaps people that never found any relief from drugs?
The irony is that people who don't respond to a bunch of different drugs don't usually respond to ECT either. Still, there are some people who report responding to drugs after ECT that had not worked for them before ECT. I would be reluctant to subscribe to the intuitive notion that ECT somehow resets a system. Often, one much go for maintenance treatments every month or so.
I am not certain how I feel about ECT. I don't think it is a black-and-white issue, as there are obvious examples of its utility. I went for 15 treatments. They didn't help. I am unclear what role ECT should have in the treatment of mental illness. I know some people who consider ECT to be a godsend. I can't imagine wanting to be responsible for taking it away from them.