Interesting. So how long do u have to do the treatment? I mean, do u have to for the rest of ur life? I know that's a stupid question, but I'm not even sure what it's suppodlse to do.
I have seen lots of people use this form of treatment while I was in the hospital several times with episodes. Luckily I respond well to medication and once I got the proper diagnosis and meds I've been stable and out of the hospital for over a year.
ECT did seem to do wonders for the people who I saw going for the treatments. It just works so much faster, you could see there moods change, and they became different--happy--people within a few treatments. My dad also had ECT several years ago for depression and swears it saved him.
i did it for a few months...now I am not on anything except something to help me sleep and xanax. http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/electroconvulsive-therapy/MY00129
Sometimes meds don't work out for people with depression and it's treatment resistant and they have to turn to ECT as a last resort. My uncle had to have it done I think he said 20 times when he really lost it when my dad died but he has schizoaffective disorder.
Yes ECT works but trans cranial magnetic stimulation is a new option that is apparently safer and its FDA approved:
Also in addition to medication besides talk therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy can be helpful for some people.
Thank u so much for the links. I'm going to start reading up on these treatments.