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 more energy. For the first time in years, I felt like I was truly glad to be alive.

Unfortunately, after the third treatment, I began to have terrible panic attacks with hallucinations. The doctors from the hospital gave me an antipsychotic medication, which did help. I was, I admit, super freaked after having such intense anxiety, and did not go back for any further treatments.

Since I've stopped going for ECT, my depression and memories have both fully returned. I have been taking antidepressants, but nothing has been as effective. I am considering going back for a full course of treatments very soon. I will have to take something for my anxiety, but I think it will be worth it to lift my depression.
PrettiestInPink PrettiestInPink
26-30, F
2 Responses Aug 17, 2014

In total, I've received ECT quite regularly for the past 2 and 3/4 years. I've received over 60 treatments and every now and then I would want to stop and thought I would be better. But I needed to have a lot of therapy, group therapy helped a lot, and some med changes along the way. ECT was very difficult to go through, especially while at university, but it did help save my life.

It put me in a position to better understand what I needed from myself and others to live a happy and healthy life. I was always a bit nervous each time they put the blood pressure cuff around my ankle and told me to breathe in oxygen before I fell asleep. But it was all worth it. Every needle poke and headache afterwards.

I haven't had a session in 7 weeks and with my new med combo, I feel very content and hopeful. I wish you the best of luck and I hope you are doing well. Take care.

I am so sorry to hear about all of that. Hope if you do go back for it that it would fully work.