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So I’m supposed to be receiving ECT really soon and am somewhat nervous. I was wondering if anyone who has had it can share their experience with me? Were you really out of it after? Did it help?

Thanks :):)
 
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ECT saved my life. I was suicidal before the ECT, I had to be supervised 24/7. I had 7 sessions.

ECT has effected my memory of that period (but that's not a bad thing). So this is what I remember.

On arrival at the hospital I was taken to a small room, before then being taken to a hospital bed. I was fully clothed. I was given a low dose of general anesthetic. I don't know who long I was under for, but I was told it was about 20-30 min. On being brought round, I had no sense of anything having happened. I was given toast and a mug of tea. Then taken to the psychic ward for observation (a precaution in case of adverse reaction to the anesthetic). Once I had had a small lunch I was allowed to go home (though I had to have someone collect me and supervise me - this was more becsuse of the anesthetic than the ECT).

I have no recollection of the procedure being done. All I know is that it seemed to work. Yes it effected my memory of that time - but in many ways that was really a good thing. The procedure has been around for many years; it does sound barbaric, but for me it really worked. It was over 10 years ago that I ECT, and a short course of 2-3 sessions has not been ruled out if I need a "top up" in the future.

@Jade624 - it is worth a go, it made such a difference to me and my quality of life.
 
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wow... it must have been really effective if it brought you from the brink of suicide... that’s essentially what I was worried about. That going through being put under etcetera wouldn’t be worth it. I was also worried about the disappointment if it didn’t work as this is somewhat of a last resort. You made me feel a lot better about this whole ordeal. Thank you so much :)
 
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electro convulsive therapy...where they stimulate your brain with electricity in order to induce small seizures... I’m not sure about all the ins and outs of it but it’s supposed to change the way your brain functions somehow. They’re hoping it will make my bipolar meds more effective, for example.
 
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So I’m supposed to be receiving ECT really soon and am somewhat nervous. I was wondering if anyone who has had it can share their experience with me? Were you really out of it after? Did it help?

Thanks :):)
Did you start ECT? If so, how’s your experience? Was it effective to remove the barrier of your med?
I’m doing TMS for severe med resistant depression, 10 sessions so far. I’m sleeping more but no other positive so far.
 
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No I haven’t started it yet. I’m receiving chiropractor adjustments for pain rn and the convulsions will cause my body to shift back because I haven’t been seeing a chiropractor for very long. I will be commencing once I’m further along in my treatment. I’ve heard great things about TMS. How many sessions do you have to complete in total?
 
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No I haven’t started it yet. I’m receiving chiropractor adjustments for pain rn and the convulsions will cause my body to shift back because I haven’t been seeing a chiropractor for very long. I will be commencing once I’m further along in my treatment. I’ve heard great things about TMS. How many sessions do you have to complete in total?
Hello

I’m done TMS 10 sessions. Total 33 sessions. So far I don’t know how it’s working. They say it’ll take 3-4 weeks to feel a positive result. I’ve been on Prozac for 10 weeks but I have no idea if it’s working or not?
Do you have med resistant depression?
 
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I have med resistant bipolar but I am more depressive than manic. Been trying every medication under the sun for years to no avail. Have you tried anything besides Prozac. I know most of these medications take some time to build up in the blood before they work (although I don’t know how long), but it might be worth it to tell your doctor the Prozac isn’t helping much and to try possibly try something else. Do you feel anything during or after the TMS procedure? Do they put you out or anything?
 
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I have med resistant bipolar but I am more depressive than manic. Been trying every medication under the sun for years to no avail. Have you tried anything besides Prozac. I know most of these medications take some time to build up in the blood before they work (although I don’t know how long), but it might be worth it to tell your doctor the Prozac isn’t helping much and to try possibly try something else. Do you feel anything during or after the TMS procedure? Do they put you out or anything?
Hello

3 meds failed before coming back to Prozac that I remember it once worked many years ago. So, you tried so many...nothing worked? It’s time consuming. I have a bit of headache after TMS. With TMS, I feel I sleep more effectively.
 
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My doctor said ECT is not worth it because it effects your memory and you must keep getting treatment...like it wears off...so eventually you could loose all your memories. That's just what she told me. I also read it only works on half the people who try it. Just do your research and weigh the pros and cons. Really put some time into it.
 
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I had 7 ECT treatements anout 10 years ago. I have few real memories about that time - but that is not a bad thing.

I've not had any further treatments since, though my phchiatrist hasn't ruled out another 2-3 treatments.

For me it was very effective.
 
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So I’m supposed to be receiving ECT really soon and am somewhat nervous. I was wondering if anyone who has had it can share their experience with me? Were you really out of it after? Did it help?

Thanks :):)
I don't recommend ect I had terrible side effects. Bad memory loss, and couldn't think properly. I also had terrible Parkinson's symptoms.
 
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Hello

3 meds failed before coming back to Prozac that I remember it once worked many years ago. So, you tried so many...nothing worked? It’s time consuming. I have a bit of headache after TMS. With TMS, I feel I sleep more effectively.
Nothing worked me for very long (eventually they stopped working) but that doesn’t at all mean something won’t work for you. There are so many different medications for depressions and you’ve only tried three. Also, you’re doing TMS, so that’s a plus. Don’t lose hope!

Thanks for all your replies. I appreciate the honesty. I’m still considering it as I feel hopeless and just feel as if I’m out of options at this point.
 
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Nothing worked me for very long (eventually they stopped working) but that doesn’t at all mean something won’t work for you. There are so many different medications for depressions and you’ve only tried three. Also, you’re doing TMS, so that’s a plus. Don’t lose hope!

Hello

I truly hope you have a positive experience with ECT. I’ve met 2 people through my work who went through ECT. They told me “memory loss” but they were glad to do that overall. I have very severe symptoms this time and have been struggling with them. Med isn’t enough for me. I have no idea how TMS will work. But i’m trying. I have lots of fear and anxiety. I’m sure you do. Let’s try to be strong....
 
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