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Hope everything is good with you.
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Hey, I wanted to talk about something today.
I had someone ask me about ECT, so today I’ll tell you some things about it.
ECT is Electro-Convulsive Therapy. I know, it sounds like this really big word that a doctor would use to tell you a whole lot of nothing just to confuse you or scare you.
What ECT really is, is shock treatments.
Ok, just so you don’t get the wrong idea, it isn’t like shock treatments in the old days, or like it was in the movie One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest with Jack Nicholson.
Actually, it’s nothing like that now.
And, first of all, it’s only used pretty much as a last resort, when your loved one’s usual medications are failing and other medications won’t work for them. And it’s not like everyone stands in line to get ECT. It’s not that common. But those who do need it, get it.
How ECT is done is that the patient is put under general anesthesia, and gets little shocks to their brain, causing them to have a small seizure, which “resets” their brain, or the chemicals in their brain specifically, the ones that are messing with their bipolar disorder.
In my courses/systems below:
SUPPORTING AN ADULT WITH BIPOLAR DISORDER?
SUPPORTING A CHILD/TEEN WITH BIPOLAR DISORDER?
HAVE BIPOLAR DISORDER?
I have a whole section on ECT, and explain it in great detail.
ECT is usually given 3 times a week for 2 weeks. The usual risk is the normal risk that general anesthesia itself has. So if your loved one has had general anesthesia before and not had a hard time with it, they probably won’t have a hard time with ECT, either.
The only side effects of ECT are a short-term memory loss, which usually doesn’t last that long, and usually comes back pretty quickly.
So if your loved one’s doctor is recommending ECT for them, don’t be scared of it. It’s probably for the best.
I’ve been told it’s worked for a lot of people with bipolar disorder.
I forgot to tell you this. When I first started this organization there was a person who applied for a job. She was REALLY, REALLY good.
But, her medication was not working. She had been to lots of doctors. Finally one doctor said that he recommended ECT. I didn’t know what it was at the time. My mom never had ECT.
Anyway, she did a whole lot of research and concluded it would be a good idea.
So she decided to do it. She also agreed to do interviews before, during and after it. Unfortunately I can’t seem to find those interviews J
I don’t know where they went. But I am very confident that I will find them soon. I think they maybe with my mom.
Anyway, this person had some memory loss intitially but then it was amazing. It all came back and she went on to do great things. She still works for me today. I have also met many people where I volunteer that have undergone ECT and it worked for them. Many people just think of ECT as like torture and it’snot. That’s “old school” thinking.
Just like the fact you can work when you are on disability—a common myth is that you can not work on disability because if you do, you lose your benefits instantly. This comes from this old rumor that to this day is still circulating.
Anyway, do you have any comments on ETC? Now don’t post ridiculous stories please and scare people. You know what I mean. When someone says:
I knew this person, who knew this person, who knew this person, who had a friend who mother’s father had bipolar and he had ETC and his head exploded and his arms and legs fell off. You know what I mean. FIRST PARTY stories please J No bipolar rumors or urban legends. FIND OUT WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING ABOUT ME
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