How long do the effects of ECT last?
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How long do the effects of ECT last?

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Old 04-20-12, 01:07 AM   #1
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Default How long do the effects of ECT last?

A couple weeks ago I had a round of ECT. It has helped some. Initially they said I was like an entirely different person. Now that I'm out of the hospital I think it has definitely helped some though I wouldn't call myself an entirely different person - I still have the occassional (ok, daily) thoughts of suicide but ECT has reduced the intensity/severity/frequency.

My question is this: for anyone who has had ECT, how long do the effects last? The inpatient doctor is wanting me to do more treatments. I haven't agreed to them yet because I'd like to meet with my outpatient doctor who knows me better to discuss.

The inpatient guy also wanted me to start a medication again however I have held off on that for now since I know when I am suicidal the first thing I reach for is the entire bottle of pills. In addition, I'm hesitant because it did affect my memory some and it's been embarrassing going back to work and having to ask for clarification of things I should know.

So, overall, how long can one expect the results of ECT to last? The memory issues have already partially resolved so if the results last a while maybe it's worth a few weeks of memory problems or maybe I should do another round with the possibility of even more improvement. Anyone willing to share their experience would be much appreciated.
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