A positive experience of ECT
It has been two weeks since I had my last ECT treatment. The darkness is
over. I had been slowly going down-hill for months. I was on countless
medications including Lithium, Paxil, Buspar and Trazodone. I had gained
more than thirty pounds within six months. My medications weren't working,
and I had lost all hope. Finally, about a month ago, I started to see a
new doctor. She is trained to do ECT. I had heard about it before, but
wasn't really sure about the procedure. I searched the internet, but found
conflicting information. Most of what I saw was against the practice.
After contemplating suicide for many days, I checked myself into the
mental ward of a hospital. I told my doctor that I wanted to try ECT.
With that, she began ordering the necessary tests. I was taken off all
medication. It was a very hard week, but in my heart, I knew that I was
doing the right thing.
Finally, about a week later, the procedure was approved by my insurance
company. We had to prove to them that I had exhausted all other treatment
Soon after that, I received my first treatment. I was extremely nervous,
but it went just fine. I was sick for a couple of hours after, due to the
anesthesia and I had a migraine headache. I then had four more treatments
throughout the next couple of weeks. Each became less uncomfortable.
It has been two weeks now. I feel better than I have in years. In fact,
I think I feel better than I ever have. I can now get out of bed and lead
a normal life. I have so much motivation. Mentally, I feel sharp and
alert. My short-term memory was only temporarily affected. I am writing
more, and excelling at everything I do. I now feel able to go out and get
a job again.
I just wanted to share my story with anyone else who suffers from a severe
mental illness and has lost all hope. Please, keep in mind the option of
ECT. It is not nearly as scary as it is made out to be. The risks are
very low, and it really works. At least it did for me. Please don't let
what you see on the internet scare you. Many times the writers of the
information have a hidden agenda. Find the answers for yourself. Do what
is right for you, and above all don't lose hope. There is a light at the
end of the tunnel.
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