Patient Comments: Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT) - Side Effects


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Comment from: Mg, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: January 25

With electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) I have severe memory loss to the extent that I was unable to continue with my 30-year career in mortgage. I also have difficulty with learning new information and inability to retain that information. four years after my last session, I am still on disability. I have had two years of neurocognitive rehabilitation and am currently attending an acquired brain injury program. Still suffering with significant depression and anxiety.

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: Cindy1979, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: November 04

I have memory loss from ECT (electroconvulsive therapy).

Comment from: Larry who cares, 0-2 Male (Caregiver) Published: March 23

I never received the electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) but I am aware of people who have. One person who I know of received it was talked into the treatment and she said that she would rather die than receive it again. She felt destroyed by it. And the upshot was, this woman had an underlying physical condition which was discovered after she received a glucose tolerance test. She was found to be severely hypoglycemic. Any distraught feeling was handled with diet. The amount of mis-diagnosis today by psychiatrists is horrific.

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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