hi fivejelly, i too have had courses of treatment, ect. it is common to lose short term memory, to feel empty headed and a tad lost. in 2004 i had a course of 6, i took around 8 months to kick in. remember ect is only usually used for very severe depression. some people have maintenance ect, i have not - although some people i know feel better 4 it. the seizure we have is very mild, obviously this is dependant upon if you are having a uni or bi treatmemt. uni, singular polar of brain or bi, for both polars. i had both polars done, and when i awoke from treatment i would say am i next, each time and each time the nurse would laugh and say that i'd been done. i respect that your depression was at a very high level, 25 is a lot, obviously broken down into sections i gather, but not assuming. yeah effects can linger, but the fog does pass, i hope yours does. in terms of shrinkage and brain damage, i have not seen any peer journals or other written evidance that this is a concern, and i did my homework, before and after treatment.
since we are all unique, we expereince things differently, thus your expereince has been different to mine, i respect that. today it is a very safe proceedure and 2 do this proceedure here in oz there is a lot of medical and psychiatric protocols to go through before treatment commences. no disrespect to u, but i am not a fan of the word shock treatment. it is outdated, and for me a stigmatistic element. in the old days, well that is what is was, but we have come a long way since then. loving kindness, jamie.
iddm, major depressive disorder, severe borderline personality disorder, diabetic nuropathy, lombroscal spine, water works, & bits and pecies.