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I know this topic has been discussed before but I'm curious about how bad the memory loss/confusion was, if there were any negative side effects with the anesthesia and did it work?

It's been recommended to me a few times in the past but I've always declined it because I'm so terrified of being put under and anything messing with my mind...
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Yes it works. Yes it has negative cognitive side effects, memory loss, trouble reading, etc. It should be used as a last resort after almost everything else has been tried. Think long and hard about it before doing it. I had it done when depression left me non-functioning, inpatient and not eating, sleeping all day. It is not a procedure to be taken lightly, that's for sure.
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I have never had ECT but I hope you get some helpful answers, iPhone. I think Scaredandconfused's answer sounds helpful. I would maybe research it. I'm wondering if the cognitive effects can get better afterwards with some type of therapy. Like with a stroke victim? Best wishes to you.
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I know this topic has been discussed before but I'm curious about how bad the memory loss/confusion was, if there were any negative side effects with the anesthesia and did it work?

It's been recommended to me a few times in the past but I've always declined it because I'm so terrified of being put under and anything messing with my mind...
I have had ECT and continue to have maintenance every 3 weeks. My depression is plagued with suicidal thought and urges and the ECT is a tremendous help with those.

I have never had problems with the anesthesia and in fact go right back to work after my hour of recovery. I get bilateral ECT and I do not have any short term memory loss but I must admit that I do have some long term memory loss. Not the kind like I forget my when my children were young. Just the kind where I bought tickets to a show that we had seen the year before....funny. Usually anything I have forgotten will come back if my memory is jogged.

Anyway it is a treatment of last resort but has helped me tremendously.

I wish you the best and feel free to ask any questions you may have.
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I have heard it also can cause you to feel flat with no emotion. The other replies seem helpful.
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I had it back in the 80's when they only did in inpatient, suffered no long term effects and it was helpful. But Shortly after was no longer a canadate because I suffered brain trauma in a car accident. I don't know what they say about ect and brain trauma now days but I found latuda which has been a god send so it doesn't come up.
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I have heard it also can cause you to feel flat with no emotion. The other replies seem helpful.
That hasn't been a problem with me. I am sure people at work would be quite surprised to know that I receive ECT.
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My last 2 trials I became confused and even delirious after 5 treatments. I didn't like being knocked-out, either. My first trial was 17 treatments which didn't work.
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I had 9 treatments and it messed with my long term memory alot. I barelyeven remember being in the hospital for it.
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If you are interested in doing a search you'll find threads on ECT.
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