Question of the Week: ECT
I'm headed out the door to drive someone to ECT. ECT arouses a lot of passions, but in the case of this individual it brought him back from the dead. Literally, it's been a miracle. Nothing else was working. I could barely believe my eyes. This individual endured a year of the worst possible hell. He was a ghost, a shell. Now he has his humanity back, as well as his soul. And his life.
He is now on occasional maintenance treatment.
Naturally, I wouldn't advocate the treatment for everyone, but I'm all in favor of intelligent discussion. Another good friend of mine did not benefit at all from ECT. Others report memory loss.
An excellent book on the topic is Shock by Kitty Dukasis and Larry Tye. The treatment was a miracle for Ms Dukakis, but she acknowledges memory loss. The book has a very balanced discussion on the issues. But you are the real experts. Question:
Tell us about your ECT treatments, or those of someone close to you.
Also, if you never had ECT, would you consider it?