How to choose ECT and what does it entail?
February 25, 2010 5:08 PM Subscribe
What is the science behind E.C.T.? Do they know why it works (if it does)? How do I decide to do it or not?
posted by beautifulcheese to health & fitness (24 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
My apologies for yet another depression related question.
(skip to the bottom and ignore the boring history if you so wish)
My psychiatrist suggested today that I think about electro-convulsive therapy. Nothing right away but an option to consider in the near future if they suggest it at the appointment I'm getting at the nearby University.
Problem is I know nothing about it really. I know it is not Cuckoo's Nest anymore. I saw part of a documentary about a girl who was depressed for two years and after 6 sessions it turned her right around. I know someone on a message board whose life and memory was destroyed by it. So I'm at a crossroads.
How do you objectively consider something like this?
I have had depression and Major depression since I was 12. I am 35 now. I basically live in a state of utter blankness mixed in with deep resentment that the doctors won't put me to death. If I had energy I would like to just disappear. (My doctor knows all this and I keep close contact with him about this. I just quit therapy as the therapist was an utter idiot. Yes, I've tried all sorts of combos, MAOIs, etc. )
So after all that rambling and example given just how do I make a decision about something like this in life especially where I'm unsure of the science? Any help will be appreciated.
(Apologies if this should be in the science section. I'm an ass at figuring that out.)