Anyone had Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT)?

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My Psychiatrist wants me to think about this and let her know if i decide to say yes in my next session so... can anyone tell  me as much info as you have if you have personally been through it.. how does it work ? can you explain your appointment? what happened? 

be honest.. it doesnt matter if you think i will be put off.

to be honest i am not so sure about it at all.. i dont think i have the courage to go through with it.. but you never know. 

sorry to be a pain.. i have googled but its better to hear personal experiences. 

Thank you so much xxx

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    Very very surprised to hear of a Psychiatrist offering this, while it is used these days, it's not done lightly or often. I have only heard horrific things about it, which is why it's seldom used

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    can only tell you real quick, my psychiatrist gave me shock treatments 17 years ago. i now have worse depression, amnesia, and brain damage. i'm disabled now. if i had the choice all over again, i certainly wouldn't do it. i'm not telling you what to do besides research it!    x

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    The treatment has changed dramatically over the last thirty years and the side effects are less a problem as well.

    They sedate and when asleep they attach electrodes on your head. They then put a tooth guard in your mouth and pass an electric current through your brain, this causes a fit, that generally is more like a twitch, the twith sometimes is more marked in some patients. It is not violent.

    After treatment they take you to a recovery ward and when you awake you should be able to go home, accompanied by a friend.

    Generally you may suffer some memory loss or similar. Eventually you should recover after a few days and your mood changes should be easier to control.


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    I am not quite sure about this one. But I think it is where you are given very mild

    electric shock treatment to the brain.It is really to re start the brain to start working again. It really depends how bad you are.With me half of my brain was not working

    I did not know how to put one foot in front of the other. I could not even stand up.

    When you have tried every thing else and nothing works. But with me I had a stroke which I had no treatment for. So I just had fog brain for 6 years.

    Try it you have little to loose. Also read up on chinese medcine .

    They use this treatment as they do not like drugs that may harm the body.

    Also it is more direct.

    Take Care

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    Hi rach it is very different now to the days of bedlam hospital in victorian london. Whilst short term memory loss can be a side effect ive also heard ppl are only offered it rarely when they have severe depression not reactive to meds. I personally havent had it but was close to it being offered after my worst nervous breakdown in 2001. I would have accepted it and would now if i was not getting better via talking therapies or antidepressants/psychotics etc. But its definately a personal choice xx good luck in yr decision. Xx amanda x
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