Has Anyone Else had ECT?

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I have bi-polar depression with psychosis, anxiety, PTSD, and night terrors. I spend most of my time in a serious state of depression and anxiety. The last few months I have been hospitalized multiple times, and I started ECT while inpatient back in August. After a course of three treatments a week for four weeks, and then a few treatments once a week, I am now at once every other week. My depression is coming back. I don't really want to continue ECT but my sister and my outpatient psychiatrist seem to think I should not only continue, but go back to doing it once a week. Has anyone had experience with ECT? What are your stories, what are your thoughts? Even if you haven't had ECT, do you have an opinion. I've been inpatient for about 16 days in the past two months, and I have been under hospital care as outpatient for about 45 days in the past two months.

While hallucinations have gone away, as have suicidal thoughts, my depression is, of late, coming back. This has coincided with moving my ECT to every fortnight. Thoughts?
 
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I'm sorry you're suffering so much vintage xx. I haven't had ECT and so can't really offer much I'm sorry. I wouldn't be comfortable having it but then from what you write you seem to have noticed benefits that are lessening as the ECT lessens so it is doing something for you? Can your psych give you more advice re how many more treatments you might need to improve things in the longer term so you can better weigh up pros and cons?
I hope things get better for you xx
 
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Thank you for your response write. While I have experienced some benefits, less suicidal thoughts and less hallucinations, with my depression returning I am not certain if I should continue ECT. I am seeing a new psychologist, who will be serving as my therapist, on Wednesday and I intend to discuss the issues with him too. Thank you for your advice; I will ask my psychiatrist as to how many more treatments he thinks I will need. I cannot continue this much longer; due to my anxiety, waiting for the procedure is very traumatic and I cannot take any anti-anxiety medications the day before. Luckily, I go first in line due to the anxiety - but, I cannot stand the thought of doing this much longer. I'll follow-up once I speak to my psychiatrist. Thanks again. Be well!
 
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Hi,
I'm sorry your going thru this, I hope you can find less invasive treatments.
Take care
 
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Hello vintage,

Hard to say, some people claim it's been the only thing that worked for them, others it's ruined their lives. Personally I'd be scared to try it until I'm right out of options. I've been in some very dark places but at the moment I'm experiencing how positive a med change can be. Are you taking any mood stabilizers or antidepressants?
 
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Hey Vintage.
First of I am so sorry you are going through all this. :hug1:

I never had ECT, I do not think its practice where I live. I know you have said it has helped with some of you're symptoms, but if you really are not comfortable carrying on, you should talk to you psychiatrist about other methods they may look at to help with these symptoms.

I am sorry I do not have much advice, I just wanted you to know, that I will be thinking of you, and if you can, and are happy to, to keep us informed.

:hugs1: :hugs1:
 

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