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horse crazy
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Date Joined Feb 2010
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   Posted 4/20/2010 9:38 PM (GMT -7)   
My psychciatrist has recently suggested that I look into ECT,  I am bi-polar but get very long (several months long) deep depressions.  Up to now he has treated me with lithium, lamictal, klonopin and seraquel.  I definitely have far more lows than "highs".  When I am depressed I am often suicidal or hurt myself.  I have read a lot about ECT and know it can help.  However, I worry about short term memory loss.  I am a marriage counselor and depend on my memory.  I don't know.  Have any of you had ECT and what has been your experience?  I would appreciate any feedback as this is a huge decision.
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Horse Crazy
Bi-polarII; rapid cycler; Lithium 900 mg; Lamictal 200 mg; seraquel 450mg, klonopin 4mg
 


THE HAPPY TURTLE
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Date Joined Mar 2009
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   Posted 4/21/2010 12:32 AM (GMT -7)   
hi horse crazy. i am jamie, male, 37.
 
i have had a course of treatment (ECT) in 2004. a course is 6 treatments. a course of treatments is usually over 6-8 days. there are two areas they focus on, either it is done on a single polar or on both . i had it done on both polars.
 
short term memory is somewhat effected, sadly people think you do not get it back, and you do. each of us are different, and i respect this, however i have done a lot of evidanced based research into the effectiveness of ECT. ECT  is not given lightly, it is the last bastian of treatment for resistant type depressions, for me it was a life saver. yes you do get groggy and fuzzy at first. that is for the first 2, after this i was better, sometimes your head is sore, but this passes.
 
the seizure is very minimal, slight movements in fingers and toes, sorry no one flew of the cuckoo's desk!!! the electric current is very weak, the procedure takes one point five seconds. you are out to it, and you may wake asking if am next, i did this after each one!!! you are given mild sedation before hand, thus you are asleep and wake 10-15 minutes later.
 
for me it took a fw months to fully receive the benefits of the treatments. please note that some people have more than one course of treatment, and some have maintenance only. 1-2 single treatments every month. there are other treatments coming in as well. one is alike ECT, that is transcranial stimulation, also theswan has been receiving a similar treatment that requires no induced seizure as well. Transcranial Stimulation does not induce a seizure as well. hoping this info helps. ECT helps to refire the synapses in the brain. me, i am a a massive fan and advocate for the treatment of people who are very unwell and are extremely depressed and when all else is failing.
 
with compassion. jamie.
YESTERDAY IS A BUTTERLY WITHOUT WINGS. (ME)
 
DX, MDD, SEVERE BORDERLINE PERSONALITY DISORDER.
 
REMEMBER TO LOVE YOU. BE YOU AND BE TRUE.


THE HAPPY TURTLE
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   Posted 4/22/2010 3:34 AM (GMT -7)   
ps, also there is TMS. Transmagnetic Stimulation. this is a device that is lightly glided around your head. no medication, no induced seizure. still being tested somewhat here in australia. apparently not conducive for people with seizure disorders. 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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