Bipolar and ECT Treatments

Posted by Elaine R. @mrser52, Jul 14, 2019

Has anyone had ECT treatments for there bipolar?

@hopeful33250

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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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.

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@mrser52

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.

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Hello @mrser52,
A visit with a neurologist might be a good idea. I can understand your concern about the brain tumor.

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@lisalucier

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?

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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!

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@georgette12

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!

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Your full life of caring and giving to others is a great thing, @georgette12. I appreciate your sharing.

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@hopeful33250

Hello @mrser52,
A visit with a neurologist might be a good idea. I can understand your concern about the brain tumor.

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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.

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@mrser52

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.

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Hello @mrser52

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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@mrser52

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.

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That would be really hard to lose some short-term memory and not know if it will be restored, @mrser52. I had a concussion several years back and my brain felt scrambled, and I know I was quite worried that it might be permanent. In this case, my brain went back to normal after a month.

How are you doing today?

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@lisalucier

That would be really hard to lose some short-term memory and not know if it will be restored, @mrser52. I had a concussion several years back and my brain felt scrambled, and I know I was quite worried that it might be permanent. In this case, my brain went back to normal after a month.

How are you doing today?

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My short term memory came back yesterday. I am so glad about it. But for some reason I can't eat without getting so nausea after I eat, so I don't know what to think about that except to stop eating. As long that I don't eat I don't feel sick.

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@mrser52

My short term memory came back yesterday. I am so glad about it. But for some reason I can't eat without getting so nausea after I eat, so I don't know what to think about that except to stop eating. As long that I don't eat I don't feel sick.

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Great news, @mrser52. Guessing you are feeling relieved. Are you attributing the nausea with the ECT treatment, or with something else?

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@georgette12

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!

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Hi, @georgette12 – did you find the ECT helpful?

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@mrser52

My short term memory came back yesterday. I am so glad about it. But for some reason I can't eat without getting so nausea after I eat, so I don't know what to think about that except to stop eating. As long that I don't eat I don't feel sick.

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Hello @mrser52
Just a thought about your nausea problem: Often nausea can be a side-effect of a new med. Have you been taking any new meds?

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I found ect somewhat helpful. But everyone does have a different experience. I think everything is worth a try at least once.

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