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Has anyone had ECT treatments for there bipolar?
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I stopped my ECT treatments, they effected my short term memory real bad. Where I forgot to pay the bills and clean the house, they effect all of my short term memory. I could not remember what I did from minute to minute.
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I appreciate the update on your ECT treatments. At Connect, we learn from each other and you have provided the members of Connect with an interesting experience in treating Bipolar disorder.
How many ECT treatments did you have before you began to notice the short-term memory loss? Did your doctor feel that some of that memory problem would be restored after discontinuing treatment?
Also, just wondering, and only share as you are comfortable doing so, do you feel that the treatments you had helped with your bipolar disorder?
I had 4 ECT treatments, when I noticed that my depression was getting worse and that my short memory was gone. No the ECT treatments did not help me they made me worse. And the ECT clinic that I went to said they don't know when my short term memory will return. I'm sorry that it took me so long to respond back, I forgot that I had asked about this treatment. I had my treatments done a Pine Rest Hospital in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Dose anyone have any answers for me? These treatments also makes me feel suicidal, which I am battling just about every day. I am so very depressed.
@mrser52 Hello Elaine,
I am so sorry to hear that you are not feeling well. I know you were hoping for a better response with the ECT treatments.
Have you considered hospitalization until the suicidal feelings are under control? Do you have a supportive family nearby?
I saw my Doctor this afternoon, and he has put me on antidepressants to help me with my depresstion and he said that my short term memory loss will come back.
@mrser52 Elaine, you gave it a try. It's good you recognized the side effects you experienced were not right for your situation, and sought to change course. Please pat yourself on your back for doing that! Let us know how the new antidepressants work for you, please. I suggest writing down each day, how you feel, so you can look back on it all and see the progress. We care.
@mrser52 I'm glad to hear that you saw a doctor and you have a medication to help you, Elaine. That is good news that your short term memory is expected to come back. Will you post again and report back your progress?
How's it going with the new antidepressant, @mrser52?
As @lisalucier just posted. I've been thinking about you and wondering how you are feeling now. As you have time and are comfortable doing so, please check-in and provide an update.
I was discharged from Pine Rest inpatient hospital today and I am doing much better. But I still have short term memory loss, I have no idea when my memory will return.
Glad to hear from you, @mrser52, and that the inpatient time helped. Will you share, if you're comfortable, about what treatment you underwent while there?
As far as the short-term memory loss from the electroconvulsive therapy (ECT), perhaps @aarniek @sirgalahad or @jakedduck1 have some insights on that.
@georgette12 – how are you doing?
@renwald – did you have ECT?
I am so pleased that you checked-in with Connect, @mrser52. I'm glad you are feeling better. Did the staff at Pine Rest offer you any suggestions for getting your short-term memory back again?
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