Posted by JohnLA on May 15, 2012, at 16:55:11
In reply to ECT = brain damage guaranteed!, posted by Jeroen on May 15, 2012, at 6:04:33
not my experience at all.
i can still speak, read and think clearly.
i just read a 500 page book...
my depression has effected me way more than the course of ect i did.
jeroen; many things come in to play with ect. the type, the # you have, the shock doc, etc.
i had mine done at ucla. here is the team that did my ect. (yes, i know this is a 'promo' for ect @ ucla). listen what the doctor has to say at the 2:00 min mark about brain damage. i trusted dr espinoza. he made no promises about it working. but, he did tell me it would not cause any permanent harm. and, i didn't.
finally, each person's experience is unique. a blanket statement that ect causes permanent damage and memory loss guaranteed is simply not true. if it is, list some studies/etc. it is easy to find people/sites that say ect ruined there lives. i have to wonder how great somebody's life was before ect, if they chose to do it. i was way suicidal. i still am, but nowhere near as much as before i had ect.
i'm very sorry for the people you knew that had adverse reactions to ect.