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Depression, ECT and recovery

Posted by Anonymous-ef29d7ae in Mental Health, Feb 12, 2012

For anyone suffering from depression or considering ECT, watch this story:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0ystUgL8vQo&context=C3cd36f5ADOEgsToPDskKZIOJVmRUKoxwYI-M62VYW

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roxie43

Posted by @roxie43, Feb 12, 2012

Thanking for sharing your story. More stories are needed so people can stop thinking it's barbaric ....
Rox

roxie43

Posted by @roxie43, Mar 8, 2012

How are you? I have not heard from you. I am trying to return to the normal routine but have had some road blocks. I still feel good but I do get a little down with some issues. I still don't regret the ECT and firmly believe my life was saved because of it.
Hope all is well,
🙂

leanne

Posted by @leanne, May 25, 2012

I am skeptical, it makes no sense to me that random burning and killing off of brain cells will fix the physiological structures in the brain that were malfunctioning to cause the depression in the first place. The brain is complicated, we need more research to get to the root of the cause of chronic depression. Resorting to failed 1960's treatments seems like a copout to me. ECT didn't work for my mother during the dark ages of the mental health industry, why go backwards. There has to be something better.

roxie43

Posted by @roxie43, May 25, 2012

It's nothing like the 60's. Yale has an excellent ECT clinic where I received my treatment.
It's important to note that some individuals do not get relief from psychotropics and being catatonic or being afraid to leave one's own home at least deserves alternatives.
It's insulting that you would say that the treatment that saved my life is a copout.
Just because it didn't help loved one's does not mean it's ineffective.
Thanks,
Rox

piglit

Posted by @piglit, May 25, 2012

I find this quite an unbelivable comment to make. You know in the case of major depression the results with ECT have been incredible in so many cases and saved so many lives including one of my very dear friends Roxie. You know in life people like me and many others find ways to survive and we do and it is certainly in no way a copout to try procedures or medications to help us have some form of quality in our lives. I have suffered anxiety and depression all my life from a young age and i am fully aware of the foot cause as you say of my problems. They can't be fixed but you learn coping mechanisms to deal with them. I have a great positive attitude and it would help if others like yourself may get one too at times. Piglit

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Posted by @roxie43, May 26, 2012

Thanks Piglit,
I know the person who posted this discussion because she was one of the first individuals that I met here at Mayo. ECT also saved her life and her story is amazing. I recommend listening to her story...
Hugs,
Rox

piglit

Posted by @piglit, May 26, 2012

I will Rox i have read Edeleo's post and I'm so sorry that I misinterprated the post

roxie43

Posted by @roxie43, May 26, 2012

Hi Piglit,
You didn't do anything wrong. You responded accordingly to the person whom I felt was offensive in saying ECT is a copout. It saves lives...
Hugs

piglit

Posted by @piglit, May 26, 2012

thanks rox was concerned that I had . I feel very passionate about this and know how much of a struggle life can be and in no way would any of us copout , because we fight to have quality in our lives and yes ECT does save lives and lives are so very precious Hugs

roxie43

Posted by @roxie43, May 26, 2012

You are so right. We cannot leave any stone unturned in trying to live peacefully.
Hugs

piglit

Posted by @piglit, May 26, 2012

so true Rox Hugs back

leanne

Posted by @leanne, May 26, 2012

It is not a copout for you to find treatment that serves you best. It is a copout for the medical profession to continue to settle into a treatment that is not 100% efective ECT does not work for many people. The medical community could not save or help my mother, who I watched suffer all my life. My comment was not made for you the individual it was more about my impatients with the medical profession for not understanding more and doing more about mental illness. I am skeptical that newer better things can't be done. I'm not talking about the personal cause of your own issues I am talking about doing more to understand the science of the brain.

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roxie43

Posted by @roxie43, May 26, 2012

Leanne,
There is no magic treatment for what we suffer from. Medication's work for some and not other's, cognitive behavioral therapies work for some, ECT helps some and now people are paying over $10,000 for Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation because insurance does not cover it and all they want is relief from the debilitating impact of chronic depression.
We didn't cause our illnesses but we have to give ourselves the opportunity to get some relief.
I agree, to a certain extent, that the medical profession can improve but ECT saved my life and the life of the young lady Edeleo who posted this discussion and audio taped her struggle with mental illness from a very early age.
We all have the right to share what helped or what failed but a copout is unfair.
Best,
Rox

roxie43

Posted by @roxie43, May 26, 2012

I wish there was something better as well. I'm sorry your mom suffered. A lot of us have suffered and continue suffering. There is ongoing research on the causation of mental illnesses and also on treatments. Just a couple of weeks back, I was prescribed a new medication called Viibryd. It's too early for significant improvement but I should be able to tell soon, I hope, that it's helping.
Take care..
If you have time listen to the young ladies story. She's thriving in college today but her life was consumed by total darkness for many year's. Any success story should be valued...

piglit

Posted by @piglit, May 26, 2012

hi leanne Thank you for responding and explaining your response, I fully understand know.I'm sorry that your mum couldn't be helped, and you had to watch your mum go through so much . I hope that things do change so that people suffering do not have to continue to do so. Take care Piglit

useless

Posted by @useless, Aug 14, 2012

Nothing in medicine is 100%. You need to be more open minded and more informed before making such severe comments. For many, especially those that can't take antidepressants because they can't be tolerated, this is a very good alternative, other than suicide

roxie43

Posted by @roxie43, Jun 15, 2012

Edeleo,
How are you?

edeleo

Posted by @edeleo, Jun 19, 2012

Doing great! Just busy with work and I always have this ECT documentary project in the back of my mind. How are you doing?

roxie43

Posted by @roxie43, Jun 19, 2012

Im surviving and much better than I was but it's a struggle at times. I wanted to have the maintenance ECT but the headaches were intolerable because I already suffer from migraines. I still believe it saved my life.
Thank you for checking in! I always think of you..
Take care,
Rox

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Posted by @kait, May 9, 2014

I've had life saving success with ECT. It's been 6 yrs since my last major depressive episode. I did maintenance ECT afterwards for about 2 yrs and kept up with meds until about 2 yrs ago. Was feeling great. Started very low dose of meds 5 mos ago due to panic attacks. Now I'm starting to feel signs of depression again. Can I go back to ECT or will I have to wait since it's not severe? I was badly treatment resistant and by the time I did ETC after each episode I was at rock bottom and out of commission for months. I don't want to do that again. I can't stop my life and job for months on end,

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