Patient Comments: Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT) - Side Effects


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Comment from: Altered, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: September 25

I wish I could file a lawsuit for what was done to me. I have permanent brain damage from electroconvulsive therapy (ECT). I have inner ear damage and memory loss, and short-term memory is gone. Can’t even read a book. I should have gone on hormones; not had my brain zapped! Who does this to a woman after ovarian cancer surgery! Outlaw this treatment!

Comment from: ERussell, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: May 29

I began ECT (electroconvulsive therapy) in 2015 and have continued with maintenance treatments every four weeks ever since. Although I have memory loss, I consider it a small price to pay as I would be dead without it.

Comment from: Iamtee, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: April 01

ECT (electroconvulsive therapy) saved my life, after 16 years of taking every antidepressant under the sun only to find out my depression is medication-resistant. I had 5 ECT treatments and my depression is completely gone. I highly recommend ECT to anyone who is suffering with medication-resistant depression.

Comment from: Elizabeth , 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: July 25

Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) is just the worst thing ever to come to medicine. When I was 16 or 17 this was performed on me, I suffered from severe depression, 3 times a week for probably a year. It has affected my memory to this day. I just had a friend to whom someone suggested this barbaric treatment, I thankfully talked her out of it. Time to put an end to this therapy which in the long run does not fix the issue. I still suffer from depression, so all that time and pain accomplished nothing.

Comment from: jaa, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: July 20

I always had a head ache directly after treatment, and some nausea. I completed a course of ECT (electroconvulsive therapy). I had 6 treatments and 4 maintenance. That was 6 months ago and my depression is significantly less. Not gone, but manageable.

Comment from: warofmichael, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: March 09

I have permanent and extensive neurocognitive and neuropsychiatric damages from ECT (electroconvulsive therapy). I lost extensive memory. MRI shows I have lesions on my brain in areas I had ECT as well as atrophy in the same areas. I lost memories of my college education, the lives of my grown children, etc. Two class action suits are taking place around this device and procedure. Every procedure results in a traumatic brain injury.


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