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8/13/15 9:10 A

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I have had a couple runs of ECT a few years back when I had ultra rapid mixed episodes which were medication resistant. Worked like a charm. The only bad part is the killer headache one gets for an hour or two after the treatment. It didn't fry my memory or anything like that. I would recommend it.

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3/19/15 7:20 A

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Hi,
First of all, thanks to everyone who replied. Secondly, apologies for not answering sooner.
I've read up some more on this treatment, and I've decided not to attempt it for now. Although I have exhausted my options with regards to medication I'm going to have to try and cope with my current medication. Due to cutbacks in health care coverage for long term psychiatric care by the government, in my country of residence the Netherlnads (health care is free but regulated here), I can't receive any more psychotherapy and I have very limited access to a psychiatrist. I'm pretty much on my own, which will make it difficult to manage. I have a few very good friends but since they have busy lives I can't ask or expect them to be available all the time. I don't have any family members who I can turn to or fall back on. Also, the specialized home care I received up until last year was discontinued due to the same government cutbacks. I've been dealt a lousy hand, just like many of you. At least I receive a substantial disability income because I had the foresight to get disability insurance when I was still working. I won't starve, have a house, a car and two great cats. That's more than some other people, and it's one load off my back. I'll try to stay active on this forum, it will certainly help...

Thanks for letting me vent a bit,

RexBo

PS: if anyone living in the Weert, north Limburg, Netherlands area wants to get in touch, please send me a personal message. We can help each other!

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3/10/15 12:25 A

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I know that they use a lower dose than they did years ago. (Old movies are not helpful when considering this treatment). Sometimes, with a pregnancy this could be an option for some people to avoid birth defects. I have never had this type of treatment, but my grandmother has had electro shock treatment. Some people who are really depressed may try this, if their medication will not have full effects for weeks.

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3/8/15 11:38 P

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Hi there. I had my first series done last year. It helped push the 'reset button" on my mind and now the meds work as before they didn't. I did lose cognitive function for a few months but the wait and build up to now was and is life changing. I got more out of therapy and my meds and life in general than I did before. I'm learning how to drive again(though the reason I stopped had more to do with PTSD than the shock therapy). They don't want you to drive for a month(confusion is a side effect).
So there is always give and take with the meds, therapy, and ECT treatments.



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3/7/15 2:47 P

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I've never had it, but I've been in very dark places before. I would keep trying meds until you have done everything (if you haven't already... you sound like you have done that) to avoid the shock therapy. *hugs* I'm here for you!

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My advice, DON'T do it. I had 18 shock treatments and i lost a lot of my memory. I am still like that on some things but I can now do more of the things that I do remember. They told my parents that I wouldn't be able to do a lot of things that I did. I remember most of those things but some of them I still don't remember. I was in a constant stupor.

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Hi all,

I have bipolar type II ultra-rapid cycling. My mood can change from fine or hypomanic to depression within minutes. I have tried pretty much all meds and combinations that are available but nothing worked sufficiently for me to be able to live a normal life. As I am typing this, in fact, my mood shifted from okay to me crying and feeling hopeless and depressed.
After discussing this with my psychiatrist last week, she said that there really isn't anything more that I can try medication wise. She suggested electro shock therapy as a final option. I am very afraid of this, and the research I did online did not convince me that this is in fact a lasting solution.

I would like to get in touch with people who had this treatment, and hear their experiences. Did it work, were there side effects etc. Is it worth the risks?

As you can tell, I'm pretty desperate. I am single, have no siblings and my parents are disappointed in me more than concerned or understanding.

Just to put everyone at ease, I'm not suicidal, just very, very unhappy and sad. I hope some of you will be able to help me make this difficult and radical decision.

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