hi fivejelly, i too have had courses of treatment, ect. it is common to lose short term memory, to feel empty headed and a tad lost. in 2004 i had a course of 6, i took around 8 months to kick in. remember ect is only usually used for very severe depression. some people have maintenance ect, i have not - although some people i know feel better 4 it. the seizure we have is very mild, obviously this is dependant upon if you are having a uni or bi treatmemt. uni, singular polar of brain or bi, for both polars. i had both polars done, and when i awoke from treatment i would say am i next, each time and each time the nurse would laugh and say that i'd been done. i respect that your depression was at a very high level, 25 is a lot, obviously broken down into sections i gather, but not assuming. yeah effects can linger, but the fog does pass, i hope yours does. in terms of shrinkage and brain damage, i have not seen any peer journals or other written evidance that this is a concern, and i did my homework, before and after treatment.
since we are all unique, we expereince things differently, thus your expereince has been different to mine, i respect that. today it is a very safe proceedure and 2 do this proceedure here in oz there is a lot of medical and psychiatric protocols to go through before treatment commences. no disrespect to u, but i am not a fan of the word shock treatment. it is outdated, and for me a stigmatistic element. in the old days, well that is what is was, but we have come a long way since then. loving kindness, jamie.
Welcome to HealingWell. I am sorry I do not know a lot about ECT. I had a friend who went through it 4-5 years ago and I am sure the methods they are using today have changed since you received you therapy.
I have heard that you do experience some memory loss but I have also heard good things about the treatments for treatment resistent depression.
I hope you find the answers you are looking for and my prayers are with you.
Keep talking to us as you will find much comfort here in the Depression forum.
Gentle Hugs to you.Kitt