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Forums / Treatments, health professionals and therapies / Considering ECT for a condition that is not mdd, bpd or sczd

Topic: Considering ECT for a condition that is not mdd, bpd or sczd

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  1. Donaughuerty
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    8 August 2018
    I need to take a session of ECT in order to fix my sleeping problem. It's the only solution I can think of. I have been referred to a sleep specialist, she says that a psychiatrist will be the one to recommend ECT. I'm afraid that they will just dismiss the request. It is well-known that ECT is only used as last resort aid for treatment-resistant depression, etc. My case is different, so I am really hoping they would understand; I mean, I have heard of patients being pulled out to try new treatments under pioneer studies.

    Well, I have been prescribed several medications; have tried chamomile, lavender, lemon balm, sleep restriction. None produced an effect.

    All in all, I'm curious to how ECT will affect me.

    My condition:

    I slept with a temporary thought and now had been stuck on it for 3 weeks, 24/7. One evening, I tried to incorporate this temporary thought into sleep; for awhile, I lost myself to doing just that. I then noticed myself resting, and realized my brain was now actively incorporating the temporary thought on its own. This awareness would take over my everyday brain activity, even sleep. I now only half-sleep, in 90-minute fragments. What I did and am experiencing now may be similar to daytime parahypnagogia. I currently don't know how to undo all of this. Just to add, this temporary thought alters perception, that's why I'm sure I'm under it, non-stop.

    I thought ECT because my case resembles that of a woman who had severe paradoxical insomnia no meds could fix until ECT, or the case of a woman uncomfortable with her altered self she got from a meditation retreat. After being on so many prescriptions, she had to undergo ECT.
    I don't really know how ECT works but I have a dulled default mode network that is now hijacked and altered by this persisting temporary thought, and somehow ECT can delete these alterations if it can.
  2. startingnew
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    9 August 2018 in reply to Donaughuerty

    hello and welcome

    i dont have experience with ect however each person who undergoes therapy of any kind reacts in their own individual way. Do you have a psychiatrist? it would be a good idea to have a good chat with them about ect, what to expect, if itll suit you (or that you would like to do that treatment) and any other questions that you may have.

    Good luck!

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    10 August 2018 in reply to Donaughuerty

    Hello Donaughuerty, can I also welcome you along with Startingnew.

    I don't have any experience with ECT, although I was close to having it at one stage, however, everyone may have a different reaction not only to this but also to antidepressants.

    I would see if you are able to get any financial support from a Disability Support Worker at Centrelink if this includes you, or you maybe able to pay for it another way.

    All the Best.


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