I had months of ECT untill my insurance changed. It seemed to help but if there was a long period of time between treatments, I could tell my mood was getting worse.
I actually had ECT for Non Epileptic Seizures (NES). It basically has cured those.
I'll explain my experience of a day of ECT.
You go in and get am IV,and they lay you flat, take off your socks (they tell the intensity by the curling of your toes.
Then, depended on what part of the brain your doc feels needs the 'shock' they will wipe the area with alcohol and put sticky electrodes in that area. Just a hint, don't look when they pick up the intrument that does the "shocking". That was a little scary.
after they put you to sleep you may wake up with a headache, and memory loss.
My doctor would order a shot of stadol in recovery.
For me the worst thing was the memory loss. i lost about a year of some memories, and got really bad in some cognitive things like directions, etc.
So thats my story.
Migraines, Ovarian Cyst, repeat and multiple jaw dislocations, depression/anxiety, PTSD, and the list goes on
On Jan 17th 2008 I had a very traumatic situation ending in a colostomy. had the reversal which put me through months of hell, but better now. I have had over 12 pretty major surgeries, 100's of "procedures", my immune system is a NO GO. I've been in and out of the hospital for the last 10 years. I have no real Dx's really. I have a lot of "Psuedo" (sp?) symptoms, so they say. This in just 24 years and its just half the story. (Violin's playing yet?)
Meds: Celexa, Klonopin, getting off pain meds.
(to date doing IV home infusions of antibiotics for pneumonia and staph)
May God give you a reason to smile today, an extra reason to laugh, and bring joy to your soul.