ect - anybody know anything about it.
I have been through 3 courses of ECT. Yes, it did affect my memory. Personally I feel that ECT works well for those who are not reponsive to medicine or who are very suicidal. As the effect is very fast. I am not sure why others view or experiences with ECT is so bad, but it did help me when I am very suicidal.
Maybe I can share the process with you, but I did it in Singapore so not very sure will it be the same. I did it 3 times and for each course there are 6 sessions of treatment. The very first time I did, I had a very bad haedache and jaw pain when I woke up. The process normally start with the doctor put electrode at the side of the head with a rubber band to secure it, then local anaesthesia is given and I will be in dream land, I did not feel any pain during the process only waking up with a headache and jaw pain.
I know you are very concern about memory, for me it did affect some part, the very first time when I woke up I cannot rememebr my telephone number and where I stay but that last only maybe for one or two days. There are indeed certain episodes in my life that I forgot. Honestly, my memory is not that good now. (Not sure it is because I did too many) I have to think harded and longer but eventually I will still able to remember. I am not sure why someone said that was worst then being raped. Well, if I can remember the process so clearer maybe it is not that bad. I met someone in the hospital, she also did ECT. And I think it really help her, in fact it seem like she turn into a different person. Before she did the ECT she was like motionless lying in bed not eating not drinking, cannot recognise herself. After one treatment, wow she knows who she is and started talking to us, telling us her name. Well, I meet her a few months after the ECT and she still can remember me.
My experience with ECT is not really very bad. Since I was not reponsive to medicine, my mum signed the form everytime. And it really bring me out of my despression and suicidal thoughts.This is just my personal experience with ECT, I'm not sure whether it will be the same for everyone.My advice is that unless you are really depressed or very suicidal then you can try ECT. But ECT can be life saving. Read More At : ...