Hi Joe, welcome. Singapore seems so far away from Indiana, where I am. And here we are, both struggling with the same thing. I'm curious about the ECT. If you don't mind me asking, is that done fairly regularly in Singapore? In the US, it's considered sort of a last resort. For a long time, it was fairly taboo, but it's coming back into use again. Just yesterday my therapist was telling me about a woman she had seen with a port that had put into her left chest which sent a small shock to her brain automatically every 5 minutes.
Hi serafena... ECT is really a last resort, I had 3 failed suicide attempts (don't wanna get into details)... but my last ECT was about 3 years ago and since then haven't needed it since.
It is HIGHLY effective in my case cos it usually gets me out of a severely life threatening depressed state. That having been said, much of the stigma behind it is sometimes hogwash. If it saved me from harming my loved ones then its a chance I would take. a series of ECT here is 3 sessions... you are placed under general anesthetic and electrodes are placed at the temples along with something like a mouth brace preventing you from choking on your tongue while convulsing...
It did for 2 times send me into extreme mania. But the doctors usually reserve ECT as a last resort. I was in dire straits and could no longer defend myself against suicidal ideation. the attempts were not cries for help... I just failed to complete them
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