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Has anyone had ECT treatments for there bipolar?
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.
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@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?
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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.
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@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?
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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.
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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?
No, they did not. And at the ECT clinic they didn't know either, they said it depended on the person, everyone is different. And they also said that memory loss didn't happen until after the 6th treatment and I said there was always a first time for everything. So I don't think they believed me about my short term memory loss and how it made my depresstion worse. I am wondering if they shocked my brain to much of a dose. I am thinking about having a MRI scan to make sure that my brain tumor is still ok.
A visit with a neurologist might be a good idea. I can understand your concern about the brain tumor.
I took these ect treatments a few years ago but now I just use a minimal dosage of antidepressants. However if I did not have a job to keep me busy then I easily fall back into depression
I work in home health care with the elderly. Even though I'm 75!
Your full life of caring and giving to others is a great thing, @georgette12. I appreciate your sharing.
Do you think that the neurologist will have answers on my short term memory loss from the ECT treatments? It is really messing up me paying my bills and just messing up everything for me. I don't know what to do and how to deal with this.
I hope your appointment with the neurologist gives you some answers. Since you are having memory problems I would suggest you start a list of everything you would like to discuss and add to the list as you think of more questions. If you can bring a family member with you that would be helpful as well.
When is your appointment scheduled?
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