Alternative treatments for major depression

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1dayatatime
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   Posted 12/13/2006 3:53 PM (GMT -7)   
 
When I was in hospital one of the therapist mentioned the new version of electro-therapy.  She was telling me that it can replace meds altogether.  She described it as jump starting your brain.......the shock is minimal compared "to the paddles" for the heart.
 
 Has anyone tried it?  I am ready to try anything that may make me feel normal and among the living again.
 
Levonne

els
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   Posted 12/14/2006 5:43 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi levon, "electro-thearpy" is a pretty way of say ECT Electroconvulsive Thearpy which is as old as time.  In the last 20 years they have refined the treatment but it is still very much questionable as to weither or not it has a long lasting effect on helping depression.  Also, most people have to have these treatments quite often and they are given in combination with medications at times.  I would most certianly seek with a physician before even considering this form of treatment as it can have efffects that may not go away.
Here is some info on it....
http://familydoctor.org/058.xml

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1dayatatime
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   Posted 12/14/2006 6:08 AM (GMT -7)   
Great point. If my MD at hospital did not mention it, then I should probably leave it alone.

Thanks again for your support and advice. Hope you have a great day!

els
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   Posted 12/14/2006 8:16 AM (GMT -7)   
You are most welcome :-)   I hope you have a great day also!

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eliz2f
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   Posted 12/28/2006 11:20 PM (GMT -7)   
There is the vegus nerve stimulator what is a small computer embedded in your chest, leads go to brainand transmit different signals to brain. Has been approved for depression.

pasara
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   Posted 12/31/2006 3:03 PM (GMT -7)   
You may be interested in reading the book "Undercurrents: A Life Beneath the Surface," by Martha Manning. It is a memoir by a very successful clinical psychologist and professor who succumbs to severe depression to the point of complete disability. After trying about every medication she finally tries electro-therapy and is treated very successfully. It is not a difficult read, nor depressing, but very human, and funny at times. It is a good book in any case, and interesting to hear her journey to accept that this was her only chance to live again. It also comes from an interesting angle because she herself had been treating people with depression prior to and while dealing with her own depression. You can often find excerpts from this book in anthologies of writings on depression.
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