Hi. Had another ECT treatment this morning. Asked the doctor if I’m “supposed “ to be feeling better, or like my meds are working better. She said the idea is not to replace meds but to help them be more effective. She is putting me on maintenance ECT so I won’t go back for two weeks but I’m supposed to call if I feel worse. When I fill out that questionnaire— you know, about how much you sleep, how much you blame yourself for stuff — I AM getting better. Objectively. I just don’t feel “happier” or more stable, mentally.
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Electric Shock treatment
Several electrodes send electricity into the brain to shock it and cure mental health concerns. Courses are the in the region seven treatments. This can shock the brain and it sometimes affects the memory. The sufferer is normally sedated or in some ways put to sleep for the duration of the shocks. The purpose of the treatment is to cause the patient to have a fit, instigated with the electricity
I knew someone in the distant past who went through several courses of treatment. She had lovely, long blond hair and they cut it all of it was a real mess, She would forget a great deal and her voice became strained for a period of time. That and memory problems were marked. Personally I have not had any of these treatments and I would not wish to suffer its affects.