... am wondering how many of the folks in this group have had the same experience. Please share your experience. The psychiatrist who performed the ECT for me is considered one of the best in Central Texas (for ECT) and she stopped the treatments as soon as she saw it wasn't helping, but the damage was already done. In preparation for the ECT, my pdoc explained the side-effects of ECT and gave me an idea of how many people have memory loss from it. Apparently about 95% have only a small amount of memory loss; usually just for a few weeks around the time of treatment, and most of that memory loss passes in time and people are able to remember even about that short period. I am a 62-year-old male with a diagnosis of bipolar type 1. My first 6 ECT sessions were during hospitalization and the other six as an outpatient.
Between the late 1990’s and 2006 I had many courses of bilateral ECT. Sometimes more than once in a year. Because of that I have lost memory of that time of my life. Events large or small even people. I’ve been told by doctors and in my reading that this is not possible. I’ve been told the only memory loss would have been around the time of the treatments and it would have returned. I’ve found lately that I’m losing more and more of my long term memory, again the drs say this isn’t due to the ECT. I don’t have any answers but would appreciate any input.
I had 24 treatments during the mid 80s. I had a lot of memory loss with them. They took away years of my life. I had 5 done in February again. I didn't have the memory loss this time but got severe headaches and quit the treatments. After about 2 weeks after my last treatment, I felt like a zombie. I will never do them again. I am a 63year old woman diagnosed bipolar 1 disorder.
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