Does ECT Work ?

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BlueMoon878
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   Posted 10/17/2011 8:01 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi,

Sorry for posting again so soon, but I have a question. When I was in the hospital, there was a lot of talk about people going to their appointments for ECT. I thought it was just an inpatient thing, but the book I'm reading makes it sound like it's a relatively routine treatment for depression. I've tried a lot of medications and nothing has worked. Does ECT work? Would it be weird to bring it up with my psychiatrist? I just feel like I'm irrevocably, permanently depressed and that if there is something out there I haven't tried I should maybe research it. Thanks.

bayoub2
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   Posted 10/17/2011 8:19 PM (GMT -6)   
Ect is used all the time in Europe.As a matter of fact, they use ects first instead of antids. My first set worked for awhile and now they want to try again. It does not hurt at all and I did have some short term memory loss only around the time of the treatments.

MyPCP was all for it and referred me to hospital where they do them all the time.

Let me know

Maggie

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   Posted 10/17/2011 9:30 PM (GMT -6)   
it worked for me.......................for a period of time. here it is used (australia) for resistant type depression and for some types of mania. i had a course of treatment in 04, it saved my life. yes some residual memory loss is common, some people do better on it than others, and some use it for maintenance treatment (monthly) instead of medication. hope this helped. good to be discussing all options with your psychiatrist. with compassion, jamie
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BlueMoon878
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   Posted 10/18/2011 10:19 PM (GMT -6)   
Thank you for your honest answers. I've been reading a lot about it on the internet, and I've been finding conflicting reports. I didn't realize it was so common in England and Australia. I feel badly because the person in my life who I would talk to about this has epilepsy. I don't want to bring up the idea of inducing seizures with her; I feel it might set her off. I don't know. I just don't want to be depressed anymore!
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bayoub2
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   Posted 10/19/2011 4:33 AM (GMT -6)   
it is so safe now...if you are really hurting i don't see what hatm it can fo, cept a little memory loss...it r4ally works for some people

Let us know...I am probably going to have 2nd set soon
Take care
Maggie

BlueMoon878
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   Posted 10/19/2011 11:29 AM (GMT -6)   
Is it a difficult or complicated process? I don't have anyone to take me to the doctors, that's my only fear. If they put you under, I can't really take myself can I?
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   Posted 10/19/2011 11:35 AM (GMT -6)   
Check around. DSS might have volunteers that would take you, same with the hospital. If it helps you, it will be worth it.

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theHTreturns...
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   Posted 10/19/2011 11:38 AM (GMT -6)   
you don't see any of the process. gtting wired up as i call it. the proceedure is over in no more than 1.2 seconds. yes need someone to take you home. don't tell anyone, but my last one i took the bus!!!! the first 5 were done in the psych hosp. the 6th was on the morning of discgarge. jamie.
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BlueMoon878
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   Posted 10/19/2011 2:10 PM (GMT -6)   
I'm really isolated right now and nobody really knows how bad things are. I see my pdoc on Friday and that can't come soon enough...
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   Posted 10/19/2011 2:46 PM (GMT -6)   
Wishing you lots of good things ahead, BueMoon878,

I.G.

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   Posted 10/19/2011 5:18 PM (GMT -6)   
me too. jamie.
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BlueMoon878
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   Posted 10/19/2011 5:51 PM (GMT -6)   
Thank you all for your kind messages. I just really want to feel better... :(
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   Posted 10/19/2011 8:41 PM (GMT -6)   
yeah, know how ya feel. jamie. ps keep strong.
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   Posted 10/21/2011 9:24 PM (GMT -6)   
hi Bluemoon878,
My pdoc has suggested the ect treatments and I was hospitalized a few years ago at a leading hospital in the US and the doc also recommended the treatment for chronic depression. I was in a women's program there. I haven't tried it but there were women who couldn't believe how quickly they felt better again. I agree that you should have a conversation with your pdoc to see if you are a viable candidate. Usually if you don't respond well to meds its recommended.
I'm looking into the transcranial therapy. I recently had an mri for migraines and afterwards I could think and focus. It was amazing.

hope you find the answers that you're looking for.
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