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Re: Electric Convulsive Therapy!/TCAs???

Posted by SLS on August 23, 2009, at 6:40:43

In reply to Re: Electric Convulsive Therapy!/TCAs???, posted by Meltingpot on August 23, 2009, at 5:35:47

Some people report that drugs that failed to work pre-ECT seem to prevent relapse post-ECT. There might be some older studies involving tricyclics regarding this. However, I would not recommend ECT unless you fit the criteria described by Meltingpot. The probability of responding to it are not good if you have already demonstrated treatment resistance.

I would look into rTMS if you are looking to produce neuronal currents in the frontal cortex. Its narrow focus on this area spares the memory centers. As of now, the only consistent side effect seems to be headache.

I had a course of 15 treatments of ECT. I felt better for half a day after treatment number 5. Thereafter, it provided no benefit. Once we switched over to bilateral, my memory and cognition became impaired, albeit temporarily.

- Scott




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