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Re: Anyone here had ECT

Posted by utopizen on October 12, 2004, at 8:46:45

In reply to Re: Anyone here had ECT linkadge, posted by iris2 on October 11, 2004, at 19:57:22

> This is irene. If the question was for me about if it helped my depression. NO. I had ECT twice. One time 6 bilateral the other several years later 12 lateral with no effect on my depression.
> irene

ECT typically requires several treatments, as much as a dozen or more, just to notice a difference. Also, keep in mind this is an isolated case, and the FDA has approved its use because it is proven effective in a substantial portion of patients who haven't responded to any other treatment.

That said, trying 200mg of Zoloft is something they'd try before even discussing ECT with you. Parnate is more likely to be tried, IMHO, before ECT. It's used in cases where people are so depressed they don't respond to forced eating (think "Requiem for a Dream) or have immediate indications of suicidal ideation that hospital confinement isn't enough to control.




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