I restart ECT again on Monday. It’s been over six months since my last treatment. I’ve been waiting for about a month to restart ECT, and now that it’s about to happen, I’m not sure if I’m ready. At least I’ve done it before, so it’s not as nerve-racking. My anxiety is so high right now. What do I do if ECT doesn’t work? I know there are other options, but there’s not many left. I’m just nervous and scared. It will work. I’m trying to stay positive.

Apparently, ECT is twice as effective when being used with Clozapine, and even more effective when being used with Clozapine and Lithium. I’m take both Clozapine and Lithium (and many other meds), so there’s a really good chance that this will work for me. I’m trying to stay positive. It’s not easy, but I’m working at it.

They also changed how some of it goes. They now allow one person to go back with you, stay with you until you go under, and then they can wait for you in recovery. That makes it a lot easier for me. My husband already said he will be doing that for me on Monday.

11 thoughts on “Restarting ECT

  1. wishing you nothing but the best with your upcoming treatments.

    one thing i’ve heard about ect that a monthly booster treatment helps to extend the continuing success of ect. you might research that or talk about it with your doc. i only want you to hold on to the success you felt after the first set of treatments.

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    1. The last time I did ECT, I did it for about 18 months. When I started doing monthly treatments, they stopped working and the depression came back again. I reminded my psychiatrist of this. He said that when it’s time, we will probably do treatments every 3 weeks instead.

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  2. one thing i’ve heard about ect that a monthly booster treatment helps to extend the continuing success of ect. i only want you to hold on to the success you felt after the first set of treatments.

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  3. one thing i’ve heard about ect that a monthly booster treatment helps to extend the continuing success of ect. i only want you to hold on to the success you felt after the first set of treatments.

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