Originally Posted by Caedmon
Originally Posted by korey
I must say that it looks terrifying and horribly painful. I don't see how you can prefer it to swallowing some pills everyday.
What kinds of videos have you been watching? ECT is painful insofar as you undergo anesthesia.
YouTube videos, as I said before. Just search for "electroconvulsive therapy" and watch some of the results. I don't know how accurate or up-to-date most of them are, but all of them (even the ones that specifically say that the patient is under anesthesia) look like a much more unpleasant experience than taking pills.
Even if ECT patients don't experience pain, they do experience memory loss as paranoia has said. That's not something I want with treatment. I realize benzos can make my memory less sharp, but that's hardly electricuting away neurons in my brain. Memory loss is
a form of brain damage, according to a couple of those YouTube videos I watched (again, don't know how accurate that is).
That's the first video I've come across with a before and after mini-interview with the patient, and from the looks of it, ECT helped her greatly. Like I said, though, the memory loss sounds scary and the whole seizure-inducing goal of ECT just freaks me out
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