Electric Shock Therapy?

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skeye
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   Posted 1/20/2010 8:44 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Everyone,

I usually hang around the chronic pain forum, but I also have severe clinical depression (thanks in part to my chronic pain) & thought that this forum would be a better place to discuss the above topic. That being said, I am very very resistant to antidepressants. I've been through almost every antidepressant on the market with little to no results. Unfortunately, things have only gotten worse for me recently & I'm almost out of medical options. My psychiatrist suggested that I look into electric shock therapy and deep brain stimulation. It's not something we are planning on rushing into, but rather something to keep in mind if we run down the list of remaining treatments & nothing works.

I've heard that many people have great results with electric shock therapy, but frankly it scares the hell out of me. I was wondering if anyone here has undergone this treatment or deep brain stimulation for depression, or knows anything about the subject. Thanks for any help you can offer.

Skeye

THE HAPPY TURTLE
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   Posted 1/21/2010 12:16 AM (GMT -7)   
hi skeye, jamie here. yes i have had ECT, notice that the 'S' is missing? because it is electric convulsive therapy. yes i too am very resistant, and yes been on the med merry-go-round for over 20 yrs. i had ECT in 2004. a round of treatment starts of at 6. some do more, this is dependant of how you recover to the first round. 6 is usually broken up over 5 days. the treatments for me became very effective over a period of time, around 3 months, and i was very well for 1 year.
 
ECT endeavours to awaken the neural pathways be stimulating the synapes in the brain, the procedure is around 1.5 seconds, you are out to it at the beginning and when you awake. most people awake groggy, and sometimes with a sore head, albeit this passes. some residual memory loss is common, and is generally short term, i came good after a fortnight.
 
it is an effective treatment for severe and resistant depression. a lot of people knock it, not me as it saved my life. hoping this helps. please post if i can be of help. jamie.
 
ps the seizure is tiny, slight tremers in fingers and toes. people assume that we have a grand mal seizure!! we don't! take care. with compassion, jamie.
YESTERDAY IS A BUTTERLY WITHOUT WINGS. (ME)
 
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THE HAPPY TURTLE
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   Posted 1/21/2010 6:00 AM (GMT -7)   
skeye, check out theswan's post on a pilot program of a similar treatment. this treatment does not cause a seizure. sounds interesting. i can't wait for some feedback. over the last year to a year and a half, some psychiatrists in australia are opting for trans cranial stimulation, you are awake, and a paddle like device is moved around your head. a bit early on evidence based effectiveness, apparently not recommended for those with epilepsy. cheers, jamie.
 
ps, on ECT,  a lot of people i know have what they call maintence therapy, 1-2 treatments a month, instead of medication. works for some, although i do not have any info on evidence based success, except for those who have had it. it is anecdotally received well. okay i am out. cheers, jamie.
YESTERDAY IS A BUTTERLY WITHOUT WINGS. (ME)
 
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skeye
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   Posted 1/21/2010 7:48 AM (GMT -7)   
Thank you so much Jamie! Your posts are very helpful!

Skeye

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   Posted 1/21/2010 7:52 AM (GMT -7)   
Skeye,

I am not familiar with ect, but wanted to welcome you to the forum. You have gotten some very good information from Jamie.

Hope it works for you.

Hugs, Karen
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serafena
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   Posted 1/21/2010 9:04 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Skeye,

I would definitely consider this as a viable option, but when doing your research, be aware that there is a lot of sensationalistic and negative stuff on the web. A lot of knee-jerk, out-dated information. I'm not advocating it, per se, since I think it really depends on the person, but if you look online for info, you're bound to run into a lot of garbage.

serafena
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"Bipolar disorder can be a great teacher. It's a challenge, but it can set you up to be able to do almost anything else in your life." - CARRIE FISHER


THE HAPPY TURTLE
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   Posted 1/21/2010 10:34 AM (GMT -7)   
skeye, you are welcome. and yes to serafena, heaps of rubbish, and very outdated. jamie. ps, ECT is the last option when all else has failed. jamie
YESTERDAY IS A BUTTERLY WITHOUT WINGS. (ME)
 
DX, MDD, SEVERE BORDERLINE PERSONALITY DISORDER.
 
REMEMBER TO LOVE YOU. BE YOU AND BE TRUE.

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