Hello to everyone. I have been in treatment for very many years. Amazing when I look back and find myself still here, and plucking away at life so to speak. My question and I have many, but ask for today this one, back in 1993 and 94, I went through a series of ect (treatments). Point that has been proven, is that my memory has been effected. It was only I believe sometime last week, when a discussion came about, with a brother of mine, our days in highschool. As I write this my memory of those days are almost nil. Nothing but trying to bring up memory of only a word. The word is school. highschool rather. Going on a bit here... some years ago I belonged to a group that was anti ect but never became active. I received thier newsletter via snail mail and it ended there. Just wondering if there might be someone here, in this group that might also have had shock therapy, and if so, how good or poor the memory might be. Sad thing, and I'll share this, shock worked wonders, but according to my notes from those days, lasted, the feeling of being free, of the curse of this illness, depression, my nemesis, lasted but not more more than three weeks. Imagine. All the "work" for such a short period of time, then, the damage to my mind, and the illness that never wants to leave me. Beginning to ramble here, so I'll say goodbye and wish you all well and thanks for your ear
Is there someone here that might also have had shock therapy ECT, how good or poor is your memory ?
- 5 Apr 2011 by Anonymous
- 8 April 2011
Hi, My mother had shock therapy and what it did to her was horrible. She was in greystone hospital for trying to kill herself. This was back in the 60's. My mother came home a stranger. I was so scared of her. What they did to her, I will never get over it. It destroyed part of her brain and she told me the pain was aweful. I do not beleive in it. I have the same problems my mother and gradmother had. Depression, panic attacks, anxity and all the other great things that go with it. she can not remember things and she has trouble with numbers. She is now 76 and has never been the same. I am anti shock. They have no right doing that to anyone. I wish you all the best and I do understand it. Take good care of yourself. All I can say, is you have to fight this illness like a cancer. I am going through some bad depression right now, but I started going to a thrapist and it has helped me.
She opened my eyes to a lot of things that happen to me in my live and now I can understand were the depression and the panic came from. I am 55 now and I had this all my life. I had a lot of issues with my mom, but I can now move passed it. I have a small part time job now. I have improved some. At one time I could not even leave my house. It is something you have to work at everyday of your life. People do not understand and sometimes I do feel like a freak, I know Iam not, but you can't always control what goes on in your brain. I know I may have this the rest of my life. I know I have to face things and it is very hard. I am weening off of medication right now. I am trying so hard to get control of my life back. I wish you well and I hope I have helped you in some way. Let me know how your doing and stay strong.
Like Vincent, I have never had ECT, but my Mother did, and it caused major havoc to her memory. She only had it a few times, and it did improve her depression, but the memory loss was bad indeed.
She battled this disease and was on meds all of her adult life. She is deceased now, and she was a wonderful woman, and I miss her terribly.
Are you on meds? Is there anything that works for you?
I just want to add something here, I believe most "normal" (what is normal anyway?) do not understand clinical depression. And people that are clinically depressed are not FREAKS!!! 'Tis just an imbalance of chemicals in the brain.
So, Vincent, I hope you read this too. We all know this, intellectually, yet sometimes we feel "freakish" for not being like the rest of society.
I hope and pray you (and Vincent) are feeling well very soon! Keep your chin up and fight like mad!!!
I'm sorry, I can't tell you about the effects of ECT - I've never had it done. I have had severe problems with depression all my adult life and medications haven't worked for me. I am in another depression and am going to have a new therapy done - TMS - Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation. It is FDA approved, right now for only treatment-resistant depression, and not covered by insurances much yet. The technology has been around for 20 years now and is similar to MRI machines, and brain mapping. A unit aims at your head and the combination of magnets and electricity stimulates the part of your brain that is not firing correctly. It has a 70% remission rate - that is 70% of people have no more depression - not just feeling some better - the depression is gone. That's an amazing success rate for depression. Google it -TMS - and let others know so no one has to go through the lost memories from ECT ever again.
Pledge, I am sorry I cannot relate to ECT treatment, but can relate to not having some of my memories as you say. I started having memory problems of my young age because I was being molested, & I chose to block that part of my life as a child. I wish I could remember the good times & friends that I had at that time because I know there must have been some. As of recent in the past two years, I have been having short term memory problems, & the Neurologists have no explannation for it at all. The MRI showed atrophy of my brain, especially in the memory section, & deep white matter vasculitis. They said that this shouldn't be causing memory problems, but it makes me wonder! So I can relate somewhat to your problem. Do not feel you are alone out there as the others have already told you. Please feel free to share at any time. With good wishes for your recovery...
I have never experienced ECT myself though I have been hospitalized with those who have had the treatment. Memory loss is definitely a side effect of ECT. I'm assuming that you have tried the route of drug therapy with no positive results?
May I share the following website:
On the second page of the article is a list of alternative treatments for depression along with an explanation of each. The list includes the treatment that ElizaJane recommended. I encourage you to investigate your options. You can google "drug resistant depression" and read many articles on the topic to get further info.
Not treating your depression can be very dangerous as I have found out the hard way. Fortunately I have responded well to a mixture of antidepressants though I have had to change my drug regimen every 5 or so years to get continued control.
I wish you the very best and keep in touch,
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