Previous ect treatments have helped for a time, but seems to "wear off". It has been recommended that I have these maintenence treatments to extend the "benefits" for my chronic depression. I'm not sure if the benefits will outweigh theproblems; scheduling problems, initial hospital stay, evaluations, etc. Please answer only if you are familiar with the process. thanx
I haven't had ect but my cousin who has chronic major depression has had ect as well as 'maintenance' treatments. She too found that the benefits wear off after a while but if she has regular follow-ups with the ect, she feels way closer to normal. At first she had the usual course of treatments, then stopped when she felt better. But when the depression came back full force, she and her doc decided that she had to have follow-ups at regular intervals, and she feels that the hassle of scheduling etc. is out-weighed by the benefits and feeling that her depression is well under control.
Hope this helps.
Hello bpatter. I've had the treatments as an in patient. Over a period of two years. In my case, it was unilaterl, and long tale short, after receiving the last set of sessions, my memory as a result has been effected. Its not worth it, in as much as the entire process, gives me only short term relief. Lots of effort, but little result in the end to show for it. I have the option to either have it done as an in patient, or out-patient. But, its doubtfull that I'll go and have another series done. Not at this time. What the future holds, not certain and if need be, then I'd reconsider. well, best to you.
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