Patient Comments: Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT) - Cost

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Comment from: SAVED!, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: March 05

I suffered depression after my prolapsed uterus was removed (ovaries remained). I tried many natural remedies over the years to no avail. I accepted anti-depressants to no avail. I was hospitalized 3 different times. The third time I was convinced by doctors and patients to accept ECT (electroconvulsive therapy). I received 6 treatments over several weeks. It remedied my depression. I continued taking fluvoxamine and slowly decreased that dosage till I felt like myself. I also take 2000 I.U. vitamin D-3 daily. My “recall” is weak.

Comment from: Meg, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: May 30

My insurance company covered the entire cost of my ECT (electroconvulsive therapy) treatments, even before my deductible was met. The psychiatrist I chose did them on Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings for two weeks. I had to remain in the hospital and his notes referred to the treatments as medically necessary and lifesaving emergency medical intervention. I received 5 sets of three treatments and my severe treatment resistant depression with anxiety and suicidal ideation diminished to just mild depression, which I believe will always be part of my life.

Comment from: JamesAndrew, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: November 01

I am confused and concerned about what I read about the number of electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) treatments estimated to get a therapeutic result. I most commonly see reports of 10 to 12 treatments, but I average 2 treatments a months or 25 treatments a year. The doctor says that once we obtain a good result after one year with one monthly then we can call it a win (paraphrasing liberally). I think I have had 50 treatments or so over the past 2.5 years. I am curious to see if there are any comments from clients (patients) about my aggressive treatment schedule.

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