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ECT and me. A good ending.

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alanb

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Hi from South Africa,
I had ECT a few years and I can only say thank goodness. It saved my life. I know it is controversial and even banned in some countries. [URL="http://alcoholism-alifesentence.blogspot.com/2008/07/recovery-from-alcoholism-and-depression_12.html"[/URL] has the full story. I would be really interested to hear other stories of ECT. I was suffering from Alcoholism and severe Depression.
Regards
alanb
Margate South Africa
 
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Hi from North Wales, UK.

I had ECT in 2003 following a bout of severe depression/mood swings etc.
Following the fifth treatment I collapsed and ended up as an emergency admission to hospital with a Grand Mal epileptic seizure. I do not recall anything after this for about 3 days.
I now suffer with epilepsy, luckily not severely, but enough to have had my driving license revoked for 12 months.My epilepsy is controlled now with Tegretol.
I also find that my memory preceeding the ECT is very poor, whole chunks of my life have disappeared.
As for my depression...the ECT did nothing at all. I feel obviously, that for me, ECT was a disaster.
AS a point of interest, one of the nurses on the psychiatric ward I was on , who helped to administer ECT, said she felt the procedure was BARBARIC!!!

It would be interesting to hear of other expeiences too.
 
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Hi. I had 3 courses of ECT, two of six treatments and one of twelve, about 10 years ago when I was 29. I had chronic depression and it was considered a last resort since no medication was having any effect. The truth is that I didn't care at the time what it did to me. Wiping my memory may well have been an advantage! I would have done anything just to change the way I was feeling.

I remember the Monet's on the ceiling, the blood pressure monitor on my arm, the cold feeling as the anaesthetic went into my hand, and then waking up unsure whether the procedure had taken place or not. Then tea and biscuits!
It got to the point where I quite enjoyed that momentary buzzing as I became unconscious.

It did work for me, but only temporarily. The respite would last for a few months and then I would go downhill again. They gave me muscle relaxant which meant that it was only on one occasion that I felt a blood blister in my mouth on waking. Otherwise there were no physical problems. In my case, my short term memory would be dodgy for a few days but it did not affect my long-term memory.

I am not against ECT. It bought me time whilst I put other things right in my life which ultimately led to recovery. Back in those days I thought that I would never feel better. But everything changes, eventually.
 
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i had to look it up.
ECT as in electro-convulsive therapy? im glad it worked for you Alan, but i think its barbaric as well. theres NO WAY i would voluntarily consent to that. i didnt even realize they still did it. i thought it went the way of chains, cages and ice baths.
gnarly.:(
 
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Morning!

I'm glad it worked for you, I know what you mean about getting some respite from chronic depression, I think you get to a stage when you'll try virtually anything. I suppose we've always got to have hope in our hearts.
I wonder if we really understand the implications of this treatment when we are so ill at the time of signing up to it?
I reckon its up to the philosophy of different Consultants as to how much its used these days, after all there have been lots of successes with its use.
My mum had many ECT treatments back in the sixties, I think it was more popular then. Didn't work for her either, interestingly enough!
 
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