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opaqueblues
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   Posted 12/23/2010 8:29 PM (GMT -6)   
I am totally new to this site and am so glad to have found it. I have severe depression/ anxiety /panic attacks and am totally medication resistant. I have tried every medication from A to Z and nothing has worked for me. My doctor has told me that he has come down to his last resort and that is electro shock treatments before I do something desperate.
Has anyone here had ECT and can you tell me what it was like both while going through it and afterward when you come home from the hospital? I know there will be memory loss but what is it like when you wake up from it and just how much memory will be lost? I am afraid that if I don't go through it I will do something desperate so I really need input and all my doctor will say is that it is very successful and that I will only lose short term memory for a short time. Any input would be appreciated as I am desperate.
 
I changed a couple words in your post as we are not to discuss suicide.
Thanks for understand ing.
Karen

Post Edited By Moderator (getting by) : 12/23/2010 6:38:39 PM (GMT-7)


getting by
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   Posted 12/23/2010 8:40 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Opaqueblues,

I have never had ect myself but we do have a member who has. I am sure that he will post to you when he comes on line.

It sounds like ect can be the only thing left. I am sure that it will work for you. I am sorry that medications do not work.

Know that everbody here cares about you and wants to see you feel well. Take care. Happy holidays.

Hugs, Karen
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theHTreturns...
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   Posted 12/23/2010 10:33 PM (GMT -6)   
yes, ECT. I AM HE!! HI, JAMIE HERE. LIFE-SAVER. 6 TREATMENTS IN 04.

SO BENEFICIAL. SOME MINOR S/E. BUT YOU COP THAT TO BE BETTER.

LAST BASTIAN FOR RESISTANT TYPE DEPRESSIONS. AM A STRONG ADVOCATE

OF ECT. WITH COMPASSION, JAMIE
SCHIZO-AFFECTIVE DISORDER, EMOTIONALLY UNSTABLE PERSONALITY DISORDER, BORDERLINE TYPE -AXIS 2 , BI-POLAR AFFECTIVE DISORDER AXIS 1

REMEMBER TO LOVE YOU. BE YOU AND BE TRUE.

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   Posted 12/23/2010 11:13 PM (GMT -6)   
DURING FUZZY HEAD AND SOME MINOR MEMORY LOSS. SOME DISASSOCIATION. HOME, IT PASSES. TAKES A LITTLE TIME. SOME MINOR MEMORY AND FUZZINESS, BUT IT GETS MUCH BETTER. IT DOES DEPEND ON HOW MANY TREATMENTS AS WELL. A COURSE IS 6. CAN BE DONE UNI-POLAR OR ON BOTH, DEPENDANT ON THE SEVERITY. HOPING THIS HELPS. JAMIE
SCHIZO-AFFECTIVE DISORDER, EMOTIONALLY UNSTABLE PERSONALITY DISORDER, BORDERLINE TYPE -AXIS 2 , BI-POLAR AFFECTIVE DISORDER AXIS 1

REMEMBER TO LOVE YOU. BE YOU AND BE TRUE.

theHTreturns...
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   Posted 12/23/2010 11:55 PM (GMT -6)   
MEMORY LOSS IS MINOR, AND ON THE SHORT TERM STUFF. I ALWAYS AWOKE AFTER EACH TREATMENT AND SAID TO THE NURSE 'AM I NEXT'-THE REPLY WAS OH SWEETIE YOU HAVE ALREADY BEEN DONE!!! CHEERS, JAMIE
SCHIZO-AFFECTIVE DISORDER, EMOTIONALLY UNSTABLE PERSONALITY DISORDER, BORDERLINE TYPE -AXIS 2 , BI-POLAR AFFECTIVE DISORDER AXIS 1

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opaqueblues
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   Posted 12/24/2010 9:02 AM (GMT -6)   
Thank you so much for your answer Jamie.

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   Posted 12/24/2010 9:04 AM (GMT -6)   
no worries. advise if i can be of help. jamie
SCHIZO-AFFECTIVE DISORDER, EMOTIONALLY UNSTABLE PERSONALITY DISORDER, BORDERLINE TYPE -AXIS 2 , BI-POLAR AFFECTIVE DISORDER AXIS 1

REMEMBER TO LOVE YOU. BE YOU AND BE TRUE.

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   Posted 12/24/2010 3:45 PM (GMT -6)   
90% of people do reinstate there meds after ect. jamie. some not straight away. jamie. i have had worse s/e on some meds than ect.

ie. largactil-massive s/e. olanzapine, xanax, lexapro-massive, luvox, seroquel, cymbalta withdrawal-nasty. jamie
SCHIZO-AFFECTIVE DISORDER, EMOTIONALLY UNSTABLE PERSONALITY DISORDER, BORDERLINE TYPE -AXIS 2 , BI-POLAR AFFECTIVE DISORDER AXIS 1

REMEMBER TO LOVE YOU. BE YOU AND BE TRUE.
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