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    Want ECT But My Doctor Won't Consider It
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    zeddd posted:
    I've been dealing with severe depression for 5 months and not feeling better. I've been on Effexor, then Wellbutrin, then added Latuda, then added Lyrica. Nothing is helping. I also take Seroquel to help me sleep at night. I have really bad dysphoria...I just feel awful. No motivation. My house is a mess. It takes everything in me to get to work. I'm afraid things are slipping at work...I don't want to lose my job. I've mentioned ECT to my doctor, but he brushes it off saying it's just for people who are suicidal. I don't want to get to the point of losing my job and becoming suicidal, but I see things going in that direction. How can I make my psychiatrist consider ECT? I'm sure he'll want to play with medications some more but I can't image doing this for another 5 months. I'm exhausted and at the end of my rope.
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    beautifulbuffalo responded:
    I had over 50 ECT shocks in a 4 year period. I went through a lot of medicine before they considered it. I was hospitalized for suicidal tendencies and that's when they tried ECT and it worked so over 4 different hospitalizations they did ECT on me. Then put me on medicine. I was in the hospital for 30 days at a time. I lost a lot of my memory when I had the ECT and even now I haven't recalled those memories. They use ECT as a last resort. Good luck.
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    bensing replied to beautifulbuffalo's response:
    I had ECT also and have permanent memory loss. To me, it just adds to the sadness. My husband and I have been married for 7 years (I'm 49) and I don't recall half the stuff we've done together, places we've been. I can see in his eyes how that makes him feel. Really think about this and best of luck to you in your decission.
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    zeddd responded:
    I found a new doctor who felt I was a good candidate for ECT. I under went 12 treatments--3 per week. And it worked! After the last treatment, I felt completely normal for the first time in a year. And I have no memory loss whatsoever. I still take meds to keep me in remission, but I feel great, 6 months later. I'm so thankful that I ditched my first doc and found one who understood the value of ECT.


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