I have recently become allergic to many antidepressants and what doesn’t give me asthma makes me manic. ECT is being suggested. I’m not keen on this option. Does anyone have thoughts about this treatment? Thanks
ECT involves placing electrodes on the temples, on one or both sides of the patient’s head, and delivering a small electrical current. This aims to shock the brain and to restore its natural chemical balance. ECT is often used in people who are close to or have attempted suicide as a fast measure to ‘put things right’. It is a proven method and does work for many patients.
ECT and anti-depressants as a follow up is a good strategy in ensuring long term wellness. There is no need to fear ECT which many people associate with the old films of electric shock therapy and again its a very proven device to solving depression.
My advice is this, if you have exhausted all other options and you want to get better you should try it. A friend of mine had ECT and it changed his life. He suffered from uni-polar for twenty years and ECT rectified that. Its not scary old castle walls with a mad scientist yelling and screaming but a very well controlled environment with your wellness in mind always.