the psychiatrist tryed to give me a 2nd course he said i told him i felt better after the first treatment, don't remember that, i'm glad i refused the 2nd course, regret the 1st course though it did lift the depression, wished more practical things had been done about the way i was existing but guess those wouldn't come under medicine
the person, would be "well/normal" for a few hours, maybe a day then would slip back into the fog. it was painful to watch and be exposed to for everyone involved. It didn't have any long term benefit. But as I say others might say otherwise, I'm sure it works for many. For me, I'd say NO!
Never had it myself, but have a friend who had it years ago.
She said it helped her get out of a really bad period in her life, but that it did affect her short-term memory - and it still does affect her memory, 10 years later.
Dear heart....Viktoria I can only wish that it is all positive for you. I assume they have given you all the information on what is involved; however, never feel you have to sign something that you are unsure about; which it does from your posts.
''sectioning'' removes the rights of the patient and hands authority over to the 'nearest relative' or the "hospital". I say this as in one of your posts you state your dad won't visit you unless you go ahead with ECT. The decision you make has to come from what you feel is right for you. BE SURE and BE SAFE about decisions. If you are unsure get an advocate.
Quite a big step Vik, I really hope it goes well and this is a kind of answer for you.
@emjay: I don't agree about ECT being "barbaric". Things have come a long way since the sixties, I hear the equipment is much better nowadays and for some people it is a last resort and done with consent. It's a legitimate treatment option, which may change the patients life for the better.