I have Bipolar Disorder and have not been treated successfully with medication, hence the ECT Treatments. It is hard to go to support groups for depression when noone knows or understands the treatments.
I have received ect treatments for several years - off and on with good results. My last series was about 10 months ago with recommendation for follow up, "maintenence" ect. Unfortunately, the follow up treatments could not be booked due to scheduling and time restraints. I find that the treatments do wear off after a time. This results in increased medication. Also, there is the requirement to be hospitalized for a time, usually a week, so the doctors can confer and there is agreement for the proposed ect. After that there are barriers to proceeding with the maintenence portion of the treatments such as, scheduling, staffing, etc. I find the hospital scene both scary and confining. It seems there are more emphasis on the initial sessions and not a lot of follow up. Any maintenence treatments were subject to availability and usually given to the worst cases in the hospital.
This has just been my experience.
For now, its just a waiting game. The medication is keeping me going as well as lifestyle changes.
Honestly, I really dread the treatments and I'm trying to find alternatives to having them. This is just my experience. Hope this helps.
Hello ssstinagail. I have had ECT and aside from the memory impairment, found it helped me. But the price aside from the cost of the treatments is a loss of both memory banks, being short and long term. I hope you continue to do well once your series of sessions is over. Best of wishes to you, pledge
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