Yes, mysts you are correct that ECT is Electroconvulsive Therapy. This type of treatment for mental illness has been around for many years and still is very controversial and not recommended by many physicians. I am posting a link from the National Mental Health Org. that will explain ECT. I would suggest that if anyone is interested in this type of therapy they should consult their doctor. I would prefer not to debate this topic here...
Post Edited (els) : 5/21/2006 7:42:31 AM (GMT-6)
I tried ECT about four years ago when NOTHING (medication, theapy, etc) was working and my depression was diagnosed as "chronic severe." I was hospitalized eight times in two years during that period of time.
Finally the psyc at themental health hospital that I went to recommended unilateral ECTs. They did them there. I had four rounds and my depression was gone and I was a bit manic. I suffered short term memory and can't remember to this day much of what happened for quite a while after the treatments.
Then the depression came back with vengeance and back to the hospital I went. I had two rounds and during the second round I spiked a fever, a side effect that tells them to back off. I had no more and they suggest that I have no more in the future.