ECT?

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    Mar 01, 2012 10:44 PM GMT
    Anyone have any experience or know of someone who's had ECT?
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    Mar 02, 2012 12:03 AM GMT
    Uhm well I learned about it in my study. Its quite a serious treatment. Why do you ask? It's not used that often anymore..
  • barriehomeboy

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    Mar 02, 2012 12:53 AM GMT
    Possibly. I've seen just about everything. What is ECT?
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    Mar 02, 2012 12:56 AM GMT
    Electroconvulsive Therapy...

    My mother suffered from depression and anxiety for years and nothing seemed to work. Back in 2000 they tried ECT with her. It's much more mild today than in the past when they put a piece of leather in your mouth to keep your teeth from shattering.

    It worked early on, but after a couple of years the benefits wore off and she required more and more treatments. Coupled with her heart issues we had to discontinue.

    Mixed feelings on this. It was a quick, temporary fix for my mom. She laughed for the 1st time in several years the day after the 1st treatment, but in the end it seemed pretty fleeting.
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    Mar 02, 2012 12:59 AM GMT
    There's also transcranial magnetic stimulation. Look into that.
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    Mar 02, 2012 1:00 AM GMT
    bostonxfit saidThere's also transcranial magnetic stimulation. Look into that.


    That's new.. I had sent my parents literature on that but they didn't look into it.
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    Mar 02, 2012 1:09 AM GMT
    thanks for the feedback...yeah...I've been through all...literally all the possible medications for my condition...to no avail...even had the country's leading expert as a doc....no dice....so all that's left is ECT and TMS....scraping the bottle of the barrel for sure...

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    Mar 02, 2012 1:11 AM GMT
    oaktownguy saidthanks for the feedback...yeah...I've been through all...literally all the possible medications for my condition...to no avail...even had the country's leading expert as a doc....no dice....so all that's left is ECT and TMS....scraping the bottle of the barrel for sure...



    My mom was in poor health, but the ECT was pretty mild, there were no negative repercussions. They put you out for it so you don't remember a thing. I was just giving my personal experience with it.. just do your due diligence and read up as much as you can.
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    Mar 02, 2012 1:17 AM GMT
    sdgman said
    oaktownguy saidthanks for the feedback...yeah...I've been through all...literally all the possible medications for my condition...to no avail...even had the country's leading expert as a doc....no dice....so all that's left is ECT and TMS....scraping the bottle of the barrel for sure...



    My mom was in poor health, but the ECT was pretty mild, there were no negative repercussions. They put you out for it so you don't remember a thing. I was just giving my personal experience with it.. just do your due diligence and read up as much as you can.


    It's my understanding that short term memory loss is common....did your mom lose any memories?
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    Mar 05, 2012 1:54 AM GMT
    Do you think it might be something else altogether? A number of physiological conditions can have symptoms that mimic the symptoms of depression.

    There's also a treatment in development called deep brain stimulation, but it requires surgery to install electrodes.
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    Mar 10, 2012 4:22 AM GMT
    We have a new clinic in Winnipeg that performs the Transtimulation Therapy. The research on the treatment itself is varied. Some studies show its effectiveness while others do not. In Canada, ECT is still used as a last line of treatment for treatment resistant Major Depressive Disorder or Bipolar Affective Disorder. I have even seen it used for Schizoaffective disorder. I find it to be fairly effective- in reality, the side effects from ECT are no worse (comparatively) than a lot of the antidepressants being used on the market. The major side effect with ECT is retrograde memory loss, but in many clients it decreses over time. I think it is a very effective treatment, but like all other treatments, it needs to be carefully considered with the treatment team when most other options have failed.
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    Mar 10, 2012 4:42 AM GMT
    I have major depressive disorder and have had ECT twice--once in 2003 and another in 2007. Each time I had about 7-10 treatments.

    This was only done after trying psychopharmacological treatments. I tried: Lexapro, Clozaril, Seroquel, Cymbalta, Lamictal, Wellbutrin, Risperdal, Clonazepam, Abilify, Lithium, Nardil, Effexor XR, Topamax, Depakote & Geodon to no avail.

    I have a good memory, but there are periods in both years that have been erased from my memory because of the treatments. I had little side effects other than that (a minor headache or two as well).