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I Have Had Ect

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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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    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 5 Responses Feb 25, 2010

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    Getting Scared

    I woke up from my 2nd ECT treatment yesterday with no memory of who or where I was or what was going on. My entire body hurts....and I don't mean just some muscle soreness I mean extreme pain...it even hurts to swallow. My dr. says he's never seen anyone react like that to the...
    cybilinside cybilinside 26-30 6 Responses Oct 12, 2012

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    I Am 17 And Am Having ECT Treatments

    I am 17 and have had 6 ECT treatments so far, and they are working very well! I have not been so happy in so long, and it feels great to have real happiness again thanks to ECT, the only thing that sucks is some slight memory loss but its definitely worth it and plus they say my...
    Christinemerchant Christinemerchant 16-17, F 2 Responses Apr 15, 2013

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    Ect Didn't Work For Me

    I went through a series of ECT's when I was in the hospital for the second time about six years ago. I had no idea what ECT was until the doctors showed me a video on it. Medication wasn't helping, so I was willing to try anything. I didn't really see much of a difference...
    miked4948 miked4948 26-30, M 2 Responses Jun 16, 2012

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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 36-40 2 Responses Jul 7, 2013

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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 13 Responses Feb 18, 2010

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    65 Year Old Wife Just Began ECT...Need Feedback...

    Hi, and thanks up ahead for any help. My 65 year old wife has had chronic depression all her life. She just began ECT...tomorrow is her ninth treatment. I understand that short term memory, some confusion and disorientation is normal. But she is sleeping an inordinate amount. I...
    Mick133 Mick133 61-65 1 Response May 30, 2013

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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 3 Responses Aug 5, 2012

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    I Have Had Ect And Regret It.

    0I can't tell you dates for sure, my memory was severely affected by at least  9 sessions of ECT.  The first time I had it I seem to remember loosing about a month of memories, which I didn't mind at the time because I'd been in the Psych Ward for that amout of time...
    SAMROCKSIT SAMROCKSIT 31-35 3 Responses Aug 29, 2010

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    I Need To Know Anyone That Has Had This And Side Affects/Does It Work?

    As a child, I was beaten and molested, stuttered, etc. As I see on most tv movies, this isn't the only thing I've been through. I use to pray to God to let me live until I was 18, as I thought I would be dead. To make a very long story short, I'm a young 55, and have never had 1...
    1 Response Feb 11, 2013

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    Be Prepared To Not Have A Memory

    I had several rounds of ECT and even though people tell me I wouldn't have gotten better without it.  What the doctors failed to tell me was that my memory would be lost.  I'm hoping it's not gone forever but I've heard really conflicting things about regaining my...
    sms263 sms263 46-50 3 Responses Oct 21, 2010

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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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    id like someone who is caring to talk to about

    my ect treatments. they were a terrible experience
    dianeepoo dianeepoo 51-55, F Jul 10

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    Start Tomorrow

    I start my ECT tomorrow. Nervous but hopeful. Any words of wisdom?
    Zeetie Zeetie 41-45, F 1 Response Sep 29, 2013

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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 Jun 19

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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 41-45, M 3 Responses Jul 12, 2013

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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

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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 36-40 4 Responses Mar 23, 2013

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    I Have Lost My Personality

    I am 64, have had serious depressive bi-polar episodes in my life but this was the worst.  I lost 25 lbs, could hardly function. I have tried meds before but did not work very well. I STarted ECT in August.  I helped enough that most people said that I am back.  I still have...
    vickijlarson vickijlarson 61-65 4 Responses Nov 5, 2011

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    I Was Not read By Doctor.he Couldnot Make Out What I was Really going through.

    I was staying in Residential School as my parents was abroad.I was suffering with OCD since childhood (This was the disease I came to know two years back only).I dont know what happening to me? Even I couldnot know to express it my parents and relatives and even myself.It really...
    samsammy1 samsammy1 26-30, M 2 Responses Jan 6, 2013

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    Ect Success Story...to Be Continued...

    Hi I'm Cindy. When I was in my early 20's I was put on prozac for an eating disorder. Don't recall when I stopped it but, I was not really depressed. At 29 I left my husband and moved into an apt...I don't know if this caused depression, I was feeling fine, ok with my decision...
    CynthiaR CynthiaR 41-45, F 3 Responses Mar 8, 2012

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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 2 Responses Apr 9

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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 5 Responses Sep 22, 2013

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    Horror Story

    I am bipolar and wound up in mental hospital and had 10 treatments. It was awful.
    bluzman57 bluzman57 51-55 1 Response Apr 4, 2012

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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 4 Responses Oct 26, 2013

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    70'S Acid Casualty

    Hi all. Briefly, was hospitalised in 1970 after several scary experiments with lsd and cannabis. Received several ect treatments and released 1971. Unable to work for several years. Had follow up treatments with stellazine and disipal. Got onto Art Foundation course and then...
    exrecalcitrant exrecalcitrant 61-65 1 Response Mar 30, 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

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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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    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 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 16-17, M 1 Response Jan 26

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    Smiling Now

    My experience with ECT started 6 or 7 years ago and lasted off and on for 4. I can honestly say that without it, I would not be alive today. It has taken a great amount of work on my part as well to get better as ECT is not a cure-all. I have had weekly therapy sessions, and...
    iwassaved iwassaved 41-45, F 3 Responses May 31, 2013

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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 4 Responses Apr 8, 2013

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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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    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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    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 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 31-35, M 3 Responses Mar 9

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    No Sane Person Would Choose Ect ; )

    In May 2012, I decided it was time to get well or die. I tried the easy way out. Three times. Wasn't very good at it, obviously. Admitted myself to a psychiatric hospital. The doctors kept me for 9 days (3 is typical) and decided I was a good candidate for ECT. 12 rounds...
    beckythewitch beckythewitch 36-40, F 7 Responses Oct 24, 2012

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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 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 1 Response May 24

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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 51-55, F 3 Responses Jul 10

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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 2 Responses Nov 25, 2013

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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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    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 3 Responses Apr 9

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    I Saw My Shrink Today And He'S Pushing ECT

    Just thought how ironic the name shrink is. It's what they do to your brain. I've read a lot of **** about this and also about the so called profession. Shameful how it is the Pdoc's don't try to fix what's at the root of depression. Pills and shocks is all they offer and why...
    Stelagtite Stelagtite 51-55 Apr 1, 2013

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    Ect Successful But At A Price

    I was at the lowest point of my severe depression. I could barely respond verbally I was so depressed. I told my doctor I was desperate and that the meds weren't working. We agreed to try ECT. The closest hospital that did ECT was three hours away. I drove up there and was...
    geophory geophory 36-40, M 3 Responses Aug 30, 2010

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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 have had a grand total of 13 concussions. I believe it has taken a toll on me. Mostly in the form of terrible headaches. Also, I'm not sure if it's related, some muscle twitches...
    AlleywayGospel AlleywayGospel 26-30, F 1 Response Jun 28

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    Have Had Way Too Many Surgeies
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    I have had eczma all my life and lately it is so bad that I don't go out in public because I don't want people to look at me, the only thing that clears it away is prednisone which...
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