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Feb 27, 2012 · Kit, I recently made this short "film" on my experience with depression in Just Want to Talk

edeleo – Thank you very much for sending me the link! You made this film, and it’s about you?? WOW, I’m impressed with the professional quality. I’ve seen many “shorts” that do not come close to the level of your work! Congrats, young lady. Are you a film maker by profession or a student?

I am speechless at what you have gone through with your depression. If I may ask, how old are you now and how long has it been since you had ECT? I believe you said in your film that you were 12 or 13 when your depression started, that would be about the same age as my son when his depression started. He’s now almost 24 (will be in March). He has tried nearly ALL antidepressants with only limited results. His doctors have diagnosed him as severe depression with severe social anxiety disorder, and he’s treatment resistant. But through all of the past 12 years he has been hospitalized only once, for a week. He is not suicidal but he does have feelings of worthlessness and often asks why he is here. He desperately wants “a life” without depression that he is wanting to have ECT performed even if it is effective for a few months. He says that even if is a short time he can gain valuable ground in treatment in other ways.

Can you tell me what your experience(s) were like with ECT? What the process was like, did you feel anything (pain or ??), what the effect was on your memory? Anything about the process would be helpful for my son to make a final decision to move forward or call it off.

Thank you again for your willingness to talk about this sensitive subject!

Kit

Jan 26, 2012 · Hi, I am inquiring about your ECT experience for my son. He in Just Want to Talk

Hi, I am inquiring about your ECT experience for my son. He is 23 years old and has severe depression and social anxiety and has tried 30++ medications none of which have even begun to touch his depression.

Can you tell me about your illness and the meds you tried? The ones that worked and the ones that didn’t? Why did you decide on ECT? How has it changed your life? How many treatments did you have? Where did you have the treatments performed?

My wife and I are trying to help our son gather information to help make a decision on whether or not to have ECT.

Thank you!

Kit @edeleo