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Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT)
A MyDepressionTeam Member asked a question 💭

Has anyone experienced memory issues after ect treatments? I have heard stories of ect erasing memories of patients and messing with their short term memory as well.

A MyDepressionTeam Member

Yes, very true. Depression symptoms became life threatening for me. For my situation I had ECT treatments for 10 years. Short term and long term memory was definitely impacted. ECT doctor spoke with… read more

Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT)
A MyDepressionTeam Member asked a question 💭

Where can you have ECT treatments in the Cleveland Ohio area?

A MyDepressionTeam Member

Do you have a Dr right now. For Mental health? I would suggest that you talk to him/her.

Experience With Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT)
A MyDepressionTeam Member asked a question 💭

My psychiatrist and I are considering embarking on the long ECT journey, but I'm wondering if anyone here has actually had it? I'm treatment resistant major depressive disorder, would appreciate hearing anyone's experience!

A MyDepressionTeam Member

I had it a few years back. It affected my short term memory for a while but as time passed it got better. If you’re not getting better with medication I would do it.

Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT)
A MyDepressionTeam Member asked a question 💭

In 2009 I had major depression. Had 50 ECT treatments in 10 months! Anyone else who had that many in that time?? So far never met anyone with same experience. Suffered severe long term memory loss.

A MyDepressionTeam Member

I had ECT treatments for 10 years (2000-2010). Treatments started three times a week then were tapered to twice a week, once a week, once a month etc. I did not count my number of treatment sessions… read more

OIeptro
A MyDepressionTeam Member asked a question 💭

Is it used for help you sleep I have been taking this since 2006 what I have insomnia??

A MyDepressionTeam Member

Ya, they can be a problem. They're basically antihistamines and they aren't good for you. They dry you out and I read something about them and Alzheimer's. I've been on Vistaril which is a… read more

Did Anyone Tried Electroconvulsive Therapy ECT
A MyDepressionTeam Member asked a question 💭

My doctor offered ECT as a treatment,did any one tried it ,does it really help in reliveing depression ,and what about meomery lose is it major

A MyDepressionTeam Member

Hi Alexstone71. Yes I feel the same way. At this stage of my life, I would not risk the side effects. I realize everybody is different. It's too bad it's not more of an exact science. Maybe one… read more

How Many People Have Gone Through ECT (electroconvulsive Therapy)?
A MyDepressionTeam Member asked a question 💭

How has it affected your brain? Ive done 16 rounds and my memory is completely shot.
Have you found relief from your depression with this treatment?

A MyDepressionTeam Member

I did 6 treatments in 2007. I was supposed to do 11 but I was so confused and couldn't remember anything. But it did help the depression some

Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT)
A MyDepressionTeam Member asked a question 💭

i'm wondering if anyone has experienced issues with their dentures not fitting right after having 15 ECT treatments? it may seem strange but that's why I'm wondering if it's common to have problems like this and to ask for any insight or advice because I cannot afford new dentures

A MyDepressionTeam Member

It wouldn't surprise me at all that this happened to you. I had at least 20 treatments and it has messed up my life completely and to make matters worse it didn't work

Does E C T. Hurt?
A MyDepressionTeam Member asked a question 💭

Seriously does ect hurt and how exactly does it work

A MyDepressionTeam Member

Memory loss was severe, it never returned. It has only gotten worse, but that could be medication side effects. The etc worked well and lasted several years...being depression free. I hope the best as… read more

Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT)
A MyDepressionTeam Member asked a question 💭

Hi. I suffer from major depression and anxiety and have suicidal thoughts nearly every day and I am wondering if ECT would be right for me. I'm on clonazepam aka klonopin for my anxiety and it seems to work quite well though I know they don't recommend taking it long term. I take a low dose of abilify and take 150mg of Zoloft each morning for my depression and I'm not sure if either 1 is working
Who do i talk to about the possibility of ECT? I see my psychiatrist for the first time tomorrow… read more

A MyDepressionTeam Member

For me, ECT saved my life. I was diagnosed with Clinical/Severe Depression in 1997. Doctors had me try several different medicines but none helped ease my symptoms. This went on for three years. My… read more