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but never receive the shock treatment. There is a placebo effect with ECT (as you would expect with any form of treatment for depression) however, placebo ECT falls well short of genuine ECT in its effectiveness. This provides evidence for the validity of ECT as a form of treatment.
De Vreed et al (2005) found that the following groups respond best to ECT:
Side effects and other evaluation points
The most widely reported is memory loss. This has been reduced since ECT was administered to only one hemisphere of the brain. In fact the treatment is most effective when given bilaterally (across both sides) but the memory loss that followed was considered too great a risk. Memory loss is reported by a bout a third of patients.
Nearly a third of patients report long lasting fear and anxiety following the procedure.
Cognitive processes also slow for a number of weeks or even months, following the procedure. Although most psychiatrists seem to think these risks are worth taking, others, most notably Peter Breggin, believe that the treatment is not as effective as widely stated and that the side effects are more severe than most practitioners admit. Breggin (1997) has found little evidence to show that the beneficial effects last longer than four weeks.
The WHO guidelines (2005) clearly state ‘"ECT should be administered only after obtaining informed consent." In the USA doctors should make the patient aware of the risks and the number of treatments that are likely to be needed. Patients are also told of their right to withdraw from the treatment at any point during the course of shocks. In the UK the situation seems to be ‘less formal.’ The British Journal of Psychology (2005) found that only half of patients felt they had received sufficient information in advance.
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Surely each person with clinical depression is different regarding what treatment will work or not work. I highly recommend working closely with a psychiatrist letting them know what's working, what's not working and when things change. I have been treated for depression for about 15 years - and I've made changes when a medication that previously worked stopped being effective for me (my body does that sometimes). But my partnership with my psychiatrist allows me to stay on top of the disease. I also see a therapist when necessary. I've also gone to the hospital when necessary.
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I started taking Zoloft this year. It really helped me handle my depression, but I've gained nearly 40 lbs. while dieting and exercising, which made me depressed again. I'm starting Wellbutrin XL, and I cannot wait to see results. I just want to be happy, AND healthy, not one or the other.