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. It seemed to help to jumpstart my meds kicking in. I never got "better" I struggled for years with BiPolar Depression, anxiety, and in extreme times hallucinations. I was in and out of the 'psych ward with multiple overdoses. I couldn't find the right combination of meds. I really gave up on getting better, I couldn't control my moods. After an extended stay in the hospital I was practically begging for more ECT. I took the mmpi and had various psychiatrists examin me and we decided to do two more "rounds" (6 more times). I had terrible headaches after each treatment, but I felt better temporarily. These times left me wth more than just temporary memory loss. I lost a full year this time. I lost so much memory that I didn't even know what I was missing. My husband realised this right away (he had not wanted me to do them). It has been 7 years and I am still having memory problems. I've forgotten movies I've seen, people I knew, Events (I recently found myself trying to find a friend on the internet, when my husband told me my friend had been murdered 6 years ago- I broke down, I didn't remember! It was losing him twice. I've put together some pieces. It's like my brain has been short circuited and I am trying to follow a broken line of memory. Some things come back to me sometimes something triggers me to remember. I also have short term memory difficulties as well as math problems that were no trouble for me before. Now I am doing better, I have found meds that work, and I really believe in dialectic behavior therapy. Ihave not been in a hospital in 4 years. I feel that I did not recieve adeqaute information about the ECT process or real side effect possibilities. This is just my story. Please if you are going to get ECT educate yourself and your family or support system. samm