I have been advised by my psychiatrist to have Electroconvulsive Therapy. I am willing to do this, but would like to know of its effectiveness from those who have had the treatment. Some key questions I have are:
- How long does it last
- What happens if it stops working
My apologies if there are forums already devoted to this topic. I have just joined and am not sure how to search the forum database.
Hello Panthera, this is a topic that's not discussed as much as it should, as it's another way for treatment that is suggested by a psychiatrist.
I was close to having this treatment, but back away at the last minute, only because I was offered another AD as I have epilepsy, but I do know someone very close to me that has had this type of treatment and had it more than six times.
They were not awake during the therapy which lasted about 20 minutes and she woke up with some memory loss.
This was also suggested after she had tried multiple AD's with no luck and I can only comment on what I was told, however, the long term effect was 50/50.
Please ake care.
Welcome to the forums, & I hope you can find some information here on BB... I did, but it is several levels deep. I found some information following the link at the bottom of this page, "Treatments Options", eventually finding a section called: "Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT)"
Sorry these are not direct links. Treatment Options, as I said, can be found near the end of this page.
I have only known someone many years ago, so her experience isn't comparable to how ECT is experienced today.
I would suggest taking your questions to your usual therapist.
& I remember seeing questions here on BB before, only I don't remember the titles of the thread/s. There is a section on BB for threads dealing with questions about Therapy & Treatments. I would expect to find them there, however, they may be several pages in.
All the best.
Hope your ECT sessions are going well and welcome to the forums! Regarding 'how long it will last' and 'what happens if it stops working', unfortunately (as annoying as it sounds) that's a discussion you'll need to have with your referring psychiatrist and/or GP as it is highly individualised/unique to each patient. With my own experience with ECT, I found alot of relief and have utilised it for two separate bouts of major depressive disorder. For 'myself' I found the effects to be long lasting which is generally supported by the evidence around ECT treatment. You can find some of this evidence on the ECT info page on this website under 'Sources and further information'. If you can't find what you're looking for there you could ask your psychiatrist if they can recommend any articles or research studies for you to have a look at. There are a lot of good systematic reviews as it has been around for a very long time.
In terms of what happens if it stops working. Unfortunately again, that is another topic to raise with your psychiatrist. This, again, is highly unique to each patient but my psychiatrist has reassured me for my situation that even with ECT, there are always treatment options.
Hope this helps 🙂