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Thank you! I hope the TMS works out for you! I’m struggling as well but we have to remember that we ARE trying to get better and help ourselves and that’s more than a lot of people can say. And yes, I have heaps of anxiety also. Good luck and keep me updated as to how your treatment is going!
 
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Hi again
Please keep me posted
I want to know how your ECT therapy is going.
I work for a mental health field.
I want to learn more about ECT. F
 
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Hi again
Please keep me posted
I want to know how your ECT therapy is going.
I work for a mental health field.
I want to learn more about ECT. F
I’ll for sure let you know :) I think it’s great you work in the mental health field. I would imagine you have some extra insight into your own issues since you have so much knowledge. Do you have contact with patients? I bet you would be great with them since you know what it’s like to have problems. Where are you from, if you don’t mind me asking?
 
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Hello

I’m in California. Knowledge helps me only somewhat but it also scares me a lot since I know it too much. I’m just a patient with severe depression right now.
Truly Hope you’ll have a positive experience with ECT. ECT is much more poserful than TMS. I’m also on Prozac, now almost 12 weeks.
 
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I can see how knowing too much would be a problem. I’m from Ontario Canada and I haven’t heard about anyone receiving TMS from doctors or otherwise, so I don’t think that procedure is carried out much up here yet. Honestly I’d rather try TMS prior to ECT as TMS seems much less invasive and seems to have less adverse effects. Is it a pretty common procedure where you’re from? Sorry to keep bugging you lol. I just know it’s relatively new and am trying to determine whether it may find it’s way up north soon because like I said I’d love to try it.
 
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Hi

Good to hear from you again.
Yes TMS isn’t invasive
Can you find a “crinical trial” in your area? Here, TMS clinics and universities do crinical trials often.
 
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Sorry I wrote a response in my thread not to you...
please check “clinical trials” in your area.
They do this often here, TMS clinics and medical schools like UCLA.
You’re not bugging me at all. Please don’t say such a thing :panic:
We’re in a same boat...I know how you feel.
 
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I had ECT in 1980 when it was different from now. They give less time to it and its more focused on areas of the brain or so I am told! When I had it (14 altogether) it did work but I lost a lot of memories from way back as well as moire recent ones. The anaesthetic and the ECT gave me headaches afterwards which were resistant to pain killers but didn't last long. However, it did stop the suicidal thoughts. I had tried every med that was around up until then. I also had therapy for 2 years afterwards which really helped too. So best of luck with it, it does work for quite a few people but not everyone.
 
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I had ECT in 1980 when it was different from now. They give less time to it and its more focused on areas of the brain or so I am told! When I had it (14 altogether) it did work but I lost a lot of memories from way back as well as moire recent ones. The anaesthetic and the ECT gave me headaches afterwards which were resistant to pain killers but didn't last long. However, it did stop the suicidal thoughts. I had tried every med that was around up until then. I also had therapy for 2 years afterwards which really helped too. So best of luck with it, it does work for quite a few people but not everyone.
Hi
This is Catty5
I’m on TMS now....but if it won’t work, I have to think about ECT. I have a question. How long did positive effects last?
 
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They lasted for months and months and then when the depression crept back in it wasn't nearly as bad as before. I was able to cope with it. I remember, about two years later, standing on a railway station and suddenly thinking, "I'm not depressed any more" and it came as a great revelation to me.

I've had serious depressions since - its not a cure-all but meds have always eventually worked with me. But I did have a 4 month stay in psychiatric ward about 5 years ago. But again, I didn't need ECT. I don't know, its apparently barbaric by nature and there is very little evidence of what exactly it does, I don't think they know why it works for some people. I'm in two minds about it.

What is TMS?
 
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Thank you for your response. I’ve met only several people who did ECT in my career in Mental Health. So I don’t know much. We tend to hear negative things about it. I have a mixed feeling about ECT. So I understand what you say.

But 2 years later...it’s so great for you could feel that way. It must have been a great relief for you.
You stayed 4 months in a hospital....a long time. How are you doing lately? Hope you’re doing better.

I’m suffering a relapse of depression that is so severe after I quit Lexapro (15 years on it) 2 years ago. It incapacitated me so badly. I was in a psychi ward for a month. I’m still fighting. I cannot work right now.
I’ve been on Prozac for 3 months and TMS (Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation ) for 16 sessions today. I don’t know how those things are working for me yet.
 
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I'm not saying the ECT cured me for life, it didn't at all. I did have a mind numbingly serious depression about 6 years ago when I ended up on intensive care for 10 days and then had that 4 months in hospital that I mentioned. I have coped since then fairly well but have a depression again right now. Not too severe but needs watching.

I've read about TMS now you mention it - is there any good news about that?
 
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I'm not saying the ECT cured me for life, it didn't at all. I did have a mind numbingly serious depression about 6 years ago when I ended up on intensive care for 10 days and then had that 4 months in hospital that I mentioned. I have coped since then fairly well but have a depression again right now. Not too severe but needs watching.

I've read about TMS now you mention it - is there any good news about that?
Hello again

You suffered a lot... still suffering.
But I’m glad to hear that you coped relatively well. Are you on med now?

I had depression almost all my life except the period on Lexapro. It wasn’t a cure. It was just numbing. I was detached and emotionless.

This time.... depression seems more endogenous that is brain desfunction. That is relating to the cessation from Lexapro. I was stressed out of work but I like my work. So, I had almost no life issues when withdrawal and severe depression did hit me.

On TMS 16th day, I felt just a little bit more attentive today, first time since it started. When I was in a hospital in Nov last year, i was unable to focus on anything. TMS clinic has a big screen TV in the treament room. I felt I can focus on it during the treatment for 20 mins. But with my weird dissociation and cognitive deficits that are relating to depression, I cannot say TMS has been affecting me positively yet.
 
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I think you need to be honest with your doctors and tell them its not working and see where you go from here. I had to try loads of different antiD's till I found the one that worked. I found the SSRIs not effective for me. Try telling your doc that you want to try some that aren't SSRIs. Just a thought.
 
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I had ECT in 1980 when it was different from now. They give less time to it and its more focused on areas of the brain or so I am told! When I had it (14 altogether) it did work but I lost a lot of memories from way back as well as moire recent ones. The anaesthetic and the ECT gave me headaches afterwards which were resistant to pain killers but didn't last long. However, it did stop the suicidal thoughts. I had tried every med that was around up until then. I also had therapy for 2 years afterwards which really helped too. So best of luck with it, it does work for quite a few people but not everyone.
did you find you forgot anything important or was it more random inane stuff?

@JuneBug104

Sorry I wrote a response in my thread not to you...
please check “clinical trials” in your area.
They do this often here, TMS clinics and medical schools like UCLA.
You’re not bugging me at all. Please don’t say such a thing :panic:
We’re in a same boat...I know how you feel.
I’ve done a bit of research online and haven’t found much. Will keep looking from time to time because I’m sure as more people start having success with it it’ll become more available.
 
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