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    I had a course of ECT treatments in March 2014.

    I had a great deal of forgetfulness, plus in increase, not decrease, in depression. I'd love to trade experiences with anyone, and I'd love to meet anyone with similar experiences - I live in San Francisco, California. Sending this with best wishes for all.
    Brownold Brownold 61-65, F 6 Responses May 24, 2014

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    Hi everyone! I'm blessed to say

    that I am alive today thanks to 10 bilateral ECT treatments that I had in July of 2014. I went from a happy-go-lucky college girl with a loving family, an abundance of friends, and a boyfriend I plan to marry...to severely depressed and looking up ways to kill myself. I was...
    Livelaughlove6813 Livelaughlove6813 18-21 6 Responses Jan 22, 2015

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    Start ECT In Two Days

    I start ECT in two days and I'm worried about memory loss, and also about being stuck at home without being able to drive on treatment days for two weeks to a month. I hate being at home alone by myself. Anyone have advice or dealt with these issues?
    jerbeth jerbeth 46-50, F 5 Responses Oct 26, 2013

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    I have not personally had ECT,

    but my brother did in the 60's and I have some questions. Do any of you remember the pre treatment? Do any of you remember anything about the procedure itself? If anyone had auditory or visual hallucinations do you remember the before and after? I would greatly and with respect...
    emmabovary13 emmabovary13 56-60, F 2 Responses Jul 2, 2015

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    I had 12 ects. Four unilateral,

    eight bilateral. It didn't work at all and it damaged my memory. I immediately regretted it. I have spent my whole life educating myself and now I struggle to remember simple things like, names, places, directions, movies and books, etc. And my depression remains. Only do this...
    Mossyman1982 Mossyman1982 31-35, M Jan 22

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    Ect Saved My Life!!

    Mine is a complicated story, it started when i took a pill given to me off label by a nurse practitioner on Nov 7th, 2008, my life was destroyed!! I went thru hell, and was never the same again, after the physical effects wore off and the hallucinating, I lost complete ability...
    happyagain happyagain 41-45 11 Responses Oct 28, 2010

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    I got it done a year ago

    and now I'm doing it again. It sucks. I just hope it works. I can't remember anything right now haha
    Lewshun Lewshun 18-21, M 1 Response Jan 26, 2014

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    Is long term memory loss really normal?

    I recently had ECT done... It's currently June 19, 2014 and around April 25th (less than 2 months ago) I started ECT while inpatient in the hospital. I had 9 treatments done, over a span of 3 weeks (3 treatments a week) I DID notice improvement after a few treatments. I...
    whisperingwind64 whisperingwind64 22-25, F 5 Responses Jun 19, 2014

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    Ect: Round 2.

    I am in the middle of my second encounter with ECT. I have struggled with bipolar disorder for 15 years or more. I am severely ill, but relatively high functioning. The first time I had ECT it saved me from a crushing depression. This time, I am seeking relief from intense...
    ninjabunny001 ninjabunny001 36-40, F 1 Response Apr 5, 2012

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    Currently Having Ect Treatments

    I'm so happy to have found this site. I have been battling major depression, anxiety, PTSD, & borderline personality disorder since I was 15. I am 31 yrs. old now. Life to me was not worth living anymore as of November of last year. I had tried every anti-depressant there is...
    AceKitty AceKitty 31-35, F 2 Responses Apr 17, 2013

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    My Experience.

    I had two course of ECT. The first course was ten treatments of unilateral therapy, the second was 12 treatments of bilateral therapy 12 months later. The treatments were every other day for the duration. I would go to the hospital which was off site from the mental health...
    jessijames jessijames 18-21 2 Responses Jun 23, 2010

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    To all of those who believe they have been

    damaged or lost significant amounts of memory, or can't do simple math, or have problems reading and writing, or feel emotionally dumbed down, numb, or vapid, PLEASE consider writing or calling your former ECT doctor and just give them your real feed back as to the negative...
    BFowler BFowler 36-40, M 4 Responses Apr 9, 2014

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    So I had 9 unilateral ECT's,

    it destroyed my memory, cogntiive abilities, like now I'm retarded at math, and I can barely remember what I'm reading, get lost in conversation, and almost all of my long term bibilographic memory is now gone...yes I also had a psychotic break, series of., that also greatly...
    BFowler BFowler 36-40, M 9 Responses Apr 9, 2014

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    At Sheppard-pratt In Baltimore

    I had ECT in the fall of 2009 at the Towson campus of Sheppard-Pratt hospital. At the time I was in a deep depression and my doctors hoped the therapy would break me out of it. I was an inpatient at the time the doctors (my own personal psychiatrist included) decided to try ECT...
    TIMeNIHIL TIMeNIHIL 22-25, M 3 Responses Dec 12, 2011

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    I have had over 60 treatments by now

    and I'm only 27. I can't even keep track of how many times I've had it now. It has messed up my memory pretty bad. Huge chunks of time even way before I had the ECT are gone. It's not just memories around the time of ECT like they tell you.
    ces588 ces588 26-30, F 5 Responses Jan 26, 2015

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    Is ECT Helpful Or Damaging Or Both?

    I'm a 62 y/o male, and I've suffered from depression and ADHD most of my life. In fact, the last time I can remember being happy was 14 years ago in 1999. I've taken many antidepressant medications since I was divorced in 1992, and none of them have helped. I've never had ECT...
    wkohler wkohler 61-65, M 6 Responses Sep 22, 2013

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    I have just started ECT in the last couple of

    months. The jury is out for me whether it works,as I donot know what to expect from recovery. I am bipolar 2 and find I have depression for 2-3 days after treatment 2 days of feeling good and then 2days of depression before I have treatment again. My question is am I suppose...
    bipolarbearhug bipolarbearhug 41-45, F 2 Responses Dec 7, 2013

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    Please think twice about ECT.

    It changed my life forever. I submitted to treatment 2 years ago for depression and am now being treated for PTSD and severe depression because of ECT. Please read "Doctor's of Deception" before considering this so-called treatment. I wish I did not buy into Carrie Fisher's...
    deleted deleted 26-30 3 Responses Aug 30, 2014

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    I Feel I Have No Other Choice

    I am 42 now and after battling with conflicting diagnoses regarding my mental health. I have suffered since my teens but managed to cope with the use of illicit drugs. Things got bad when I sobered up at age 18. I sought mental health treatment off and on until my late 20s, when...
    needdrugs needdrugs 41-45 2 Responses Oct 6, 2012

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    Nothing has treated my depression

    as well as ECT. After years of battling debilitating depression unsuccessfully with medication and therapy, I elected to undergo ECT this past July. I remember feeling like my depression was gone completely after the first treatment, I couldn't think anything bad and I had much...
    PrettiestInPink PrettiestInPink 22-25, F 2 Responses Aug 17, 2014

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    It Saved My Life

    In Feburary of 2012 after my third suicide attempt since the age of 10, I landed myself in what I called the "looney-bin." I was inpatient for two weeks while the doctors figured out what to do with me. Diagnosed with severe depression at the age of 10, in twelve years I was put...
    AylaRose AylaRose 22-25, F 1 Response Nov 15, 2012

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    I Have Been Getting ECT For A Year...

    I will reach my one year mark in January, I am on maintenance once a month. I am in my 30's and tried just about every medicine out there. This is way better than all the medications I have taken over they years and I am happier than I have been since I was diagnosed with bipolar...
    Kimita213 Kimita213 31-35, F 4 Responses Nov 25, 2013

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    I've had more than 50 ECTs over the last 4 years

    and it has saved my life. I have very mild memory loss, but it's worth it.
    Cathy1963 Cathy1963 51-55, F Jul 2, 2014

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    I am diagnosed with bipolar disorder,

    general anxiety, and PTSD. I was referred to ECT last winter upon realization of my sincere suicidal intent and underwent a series of 23 bilateral treatments, until the doctors determined the treatment unsuccessful and discontinued it. In the wake of the experience, I have...
    howlingfantods howlingfantods 26-30, F 1 Response Jul 27, 2014

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    21 Year Old Patient

    Hi, I'm Lola. I'm a student and I've received 50 treatments since I started December 2011. I'm receiving maintenance ECT at once/month now. I had to take 2 years off from college but I'm finally back to majoring in psychology to someday be a therapist. (My current therapist says...
    BeginnerLola BeginnerLola 22-25, F 5 Responses Apr 8, 2013

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    I had 3 treatments and felt better,

    and then had 2 more and stopped because I stayed the same. What has been your experience? I also think it is strange I keep getting positive memories long forgotten of my childhood. But I'm not complaining of course.
    heathee heathee 46-50, F 3 Responses Oct 13, 2014

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    Ect

    Hi I got ECT in 2010. I got 7 sessions I beleive in which cured my depression. I struggled with clinical depression since puberty around the age of 12. At age of 16 I was hospitilzed for sucide attempt for the first time. At age of 31 i started taking meds because no matter what...
    Jenny114 Jenny114 41-45 2 Responses Jul 7, 2013

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    Start Tomorrow

    I start my ECT tomorrow. Nervous but hopeful. Any words of wisdom?
    Zeetie Zeetie 46-50, F 2 Responses Sep 29, 2013

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    I had ECT about 2 years ago; I had 30

    treatments all up and it didn't fix me. It didn't help at all but it's made my memory so bad.... My memory is getting worse & I'm constantly confused. I get confused counting change to buy a coffee! My depression a bit better now; mainly because of meditation & a change in my...
    joyarose joyarose 31-35, F 2 Responses Aug 11, 2014

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    Long Terms Side Effects / Please Think Twice

    I've read through this forum on many occasions without posting. It's very difficult for me. I don't want to take hope from anyone considering this treatment or, having had ECT. All I can tell you is my experience, as the son of someone who had ECT. I should start by saying...
    Jamie772 Jamie772 41-45 4 Responses Mar 23, 2013

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    .i've suffered from deep depression

    and anxiety since 1992 and tried all kinds of medicines and therapies. i even tried a clinical trial at the NIH but didn't qualify for their treatment. i had a vagus nerve stim implanted in 2009 but it had no effect. i had 10 ect treatments about a month ago and it made my...
    dianeepoo dianeepoo 56-60, F 2 Responses Jul 10, 2014

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    I recently had 10 unilateral ECT treatments

    and I know for a fact that it saved my life. I had no issues with memory loss whatsoever. None. Not even with my short term memory. The only side-effect was the headaches I had after the first 3-4 treatments, but other than that I have nothing but praise for ECT. In Fact, I...
    JJT79 JJT79 36-40, M 5 Responses Mar 9, 2014

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    About three years ago I finally stopped what

    was at least three and a half years of ECT. I would have treatments anywhere from multiple times a week to two or three times a month. I remember shortly before I decided to stop treatments I asked my dr how many treatments I had undergone all together and she quickly looked...
    sonja82 sonja82 31-35, F 3 Responses Sep 23, 2014

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    Still Alive!!

    Have had approximately 60 ECTs over the past 12 years. 2 suicide attempts, many times tempted. Countless psychiatric hospital admissions, public and private. Tried multiple meds and now on Lithium, Lamictal, Pristiq and Seroquel. Good and bad days, last ECT 2 days ago. Yes there...
    quinnalton quinnalton 51-55, F 3 Responses Nov 25, 2012

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    I Have Had Ect

    I went into the Hospital with Major Depression in May, 2010.  I have trouble absorbing medications into my system and as a result antidepressants do not work well for me.  I am on my 10th ECT treatment this week.  is it working for me?  I believe it is. ...
    back2me back2me 41-45 6 Responses Jun 20, 2010

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    I received Ect for my major depression with

    impulsive suicidal thoughts. I don't remember anything leading up to it except for I was in the hospital again for attempted suicide. I don't remember anything that happened for weeks after that. I used to have a great job that I finally got after several years of college but...
    Bree42 Bree42 41-45, F 1 Response Feb 4, 2014

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    Woke Up To A New Life

    I am 35 and have spent yrs taking meds.  None of them seem to work so my dr recomedend ect i was scared but so desprite for any kind of help.  i went into hospital and proceeded threw the preliminary the iv the history and the questions.  as they wheeled me into...
    foolish1974 foolish1974 31-35, F 6 Responses Feb 25, 2010

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    Memory Loss

    i have had ect. many times in fact. they have used 2 different kinds of machines over the years. the latest one is a lot easier on me. it doesn't hurt so much afterward like it used to. i can honestly say it has helped me. but the memory loss is a horrible side affect. i just...
    metalgirl99 metalgirl99 36-40, F 2 Responses Aug 5, 2012

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    I've just finished my first round of 14

    treatments. I've noticed better overall mood and stability but suffer the memory problems many people have discussed here. To be honest, those memory problems started at the discovery of the illness and I didn't expect them to get magically better. Overall I'd say say it's a...
    BohemianTragedy BohemianTragedy 46-50, M 3 Responses Jan 31, 2015

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    My Experience With ECT

    In 2005, I had ECT after suffering from treatment resistant depression for a couple of years. Prior to this, I had treated depression successfully with medication. For whatever reason no medication no matter what combination dosage etc. worked. I was no longer able to work and I...
    Wobbie15 Wobbie15 46-50, M 4 Responses Jul 12, 2013

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    Ect Changed My Life Forever...

    I underwent ECT this summer.  I cannot share much of the details though as my memory has pretty much been wiped clean.  I really am missing several months (at least) of my life.  I do believe that the ECT helped at first.  I was extrememly depressed...
    Longing4Mercy Longing4Mercy 31-35, F 28 Responses Nov 24, 2009

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    I have a question about controlling bipolar

    disorder and ECT. I am currently on a mood stabilizer and two antipsychotics and still stuggle with depression. Has anyone been able to control their bipolar depression with ECT as opposed to antipsychotics an mood stabilizers? Or if you have had ECT for bipolar depression, have...
    SeaOfMonsters SeaOfMonsters 26-30, F 1 Response Aug 22, 2015

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    id like someone who is caring to talk to about

    my ect treatments. they were a terrible experience
    dianeepoo dianeepoo 56-60, F 5 Responses Jul 10, 2014

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    in 2012 I had 17 ects

    for suicidal depression. some bilateral and some unilateral. it has ruined my life. i don't remember much of my past, my short term memory is terrible. i cant think properly. i am numb i cannot concentrate, i find it hard to talk, i feel stupid. i cant function. biggest mistake...
    Ang012685 Ang012685 31-35, F 5 Responses Apr 19, 2015

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    ECT = Intentional Brain Damage

    My life was certainly changed for the worse by ECT. First off, I want to recommend strongly that everyone read the book "Doctors of Deception: What They Don't Want You to Know About Shock Treatment" -- http://www.amazon.com/Doctors-Deception-About-Shock-Treatment/dp/0813544416...
    ddloldshep ddloldshep 51-55, F 15 Responses Feb 18, 2010

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