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Harlie

342d

So, after 20 plus years, 2 different diagnoses & being on just about every anti-depressant & anti psychotic medication there is, my doctor has told me of this last one they are trying me on doesn't offer me any relief from my bi polar depression & anxiety that they want me to try electroconvulsive therapy (ECT). I'm been researching it & am not happy with a lot of the testimonials & side effects I've seen. At this point, I'm just resigning myself that this is just always going to be my life. Has anyone had any experience with ECT?

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    • Smeedance

      331d

      Have your treatment team tried you on lithium?

    • Smeedance

      331d

      Have your treatment team tried you on lithium?

    • luckylast

      342d

      It works really well for some people. It didn't for me

      • Harlie

        342d

        @luckylast I've seen many testimonials. A lot of them say not only did it not work, but it made them worse bc they lost some memory, etc. Even the ones who said it did work said they had to keep doing it to keep up with the relief it provides. I don't know about having to have my brain electrocuted once a week for 6 weeks every 3-4 months. They don't really know the long-term effects of it.

        • luckylast

          335d

          @Harlie unfortunately that's what I found. But working as a mental health support person I have seen some remarkable changes in people. But that was with people who had a depressive illness onlt not bipolar

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Some individuals have shared their experiences with ECT, mentioning that the procedure itself is not as scary as it sounds and can be helpful for those who are not responsive to medications. However, others have reported side effects such as memory issues and physical fatigue. It's important to note that experiences with ECT can vary from person to person.

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