Hey there sbrickhouse,
I like the moniker, can relate. The simple answer to your question is... YES! Several rounds of ECT as a matter of fact. Nothing special about it. Life happens and we try to deal as best we can, brick. I am assuming u r bipolar type 2 depressed like me. If u r thinking of ECT because of unremitting depression, it works great, at least it did for my dad and myself.
Go for it. What other meds r u on? I take Cymbalta, Depakote and Klonopin. My life is now worth living. Any questions, just ask as I've been dealing for 43 years.
No I'm not taken Depakote. I'm taking medications like it. I asked my Psych about ECT and he said that it works for a short while and then looses it's effectiveness. And then it has to be done again. I've seen people when they go in having ECT done, and when they come out. It breaks my heart. Take care
Hi, I'd think twice, read up on the procedures, libility factors, possible permanet damage, with no recourse (you sign waivers) against the hospital, anesethesiologist (s),the doctor performing the ect. The cost factor in dollars.Its no picnic. I've had many series of treatment (averaging 12 sessions to a series) at 3 sessions per week, add on $500.00 per session, well do the math. Then there unilaterl versus bilateral. Bilateral, is given when unilateral does not show results. A far more dangerous procedure. ECT is given as a last resort. Its not been proven, long turn, to be effective in the treatment for manic depression. To this day, the medical establisment can not explain why the treatment manages to work. The how part yes.Electricity to the brain, a seizure follows and hopefully you wake up, after each session, feeling better than you did before the procedure was done. Thats all they know .They cannot explain in any detail to "why" it works. Best wishes,
About the ECT... my ex-boss had it done within the past year, as she had it done previously. Right now she is calling me up, telling me that she is suicidal yet again. So as pledge said, I'd think long and hard before going that route, if it is the case that it doesn't do much in the long run anyway. Personally for me, it would never be an option, as they don't even know themselves what effects it has on the brain - what about the NEGATIVE effects that it may have?
I am a bipolar I sufferer, and have been taking depakote for many years. It has never let me down, and following a time when I quit drugs for a while but then had an episode, it brought me back VERY quickly. I'm picky and probably pretty critical about side effects attached to bipolar drugs - but can't think of a negative thing to say concerning depakote. So all I can say is thumbs up for this drug!
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