[Trigger] I'm surprised the ECT did not work. Was it "bilateral" type?
There's also a less invasive procedure known as Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation, which I think is FDA approved (in the U.S.).
Also there is Vagus Nerve Stimulation, or VNS.
And someone posted about DBS, an experimental treatment.
I too have treatment resistant depression. If I had the means (money), I'd look into these.View Thread
With major depression I spend an inordinate amount of time in bed - either struggling to sleep or getting too much. Nothing much gets done. You asked the question about shaking it off and moving forward; I don't think it gets any easier as we age. Depression is like a disease; you try to control it, it controls you, and sometimes it goes into remission. There are a few good days. But it's there, lurking. Dr. Robert Sapolsky of Stanford basically says depression is the worst disease you can have. Going it alone just feeds into it.View Thread
That's too bad about your having to battle suicidal ideation. I hope you find relief. Thanks for sharing.
I started exploring ECT as an option after having a harrowing severe depression w/ anxiety in late 2011, and having tried most every medication. I've had depression over the years, but nothing like this. They now said I had "treatment resistant depression," "major depression." Plus I had hallucinations. Doctors at Stanford Hospital recommended I go in for ECT.
In Monterey, CA I had 20 ECT treatments spread out over a few months, starting in Dec. 2011. 15 of those treatments were the "right unilateral" type. No memory problems with that, but it didn't help me too much. So the doc advised I get on "bilateral"' which I did, and it seemed to work. But I had a bad reaction on the 5th bilateral ECT - I contracted Aspiration Pneumonitis. I was sick for weeks, and the doc decided to kick me out of the program since I missed appointments while being sick (normally I would shoot for 3 ECT's per week). It was a financial decision for the doc and my insurer. No more ECT.
Thus, I would advise you stick closely with the weekly regimen if you decide for ECT. Don't skip appointments. Otherwise the treatment doesn't do so much good. You need the "density" of treatments. Also, ask the doctor(s) which type - the right unilateral method, or bilateral method - is the first choice for you. Bilateral is supposed to be more effective, but carries more risk.
As for me, without the ECT program, I'm looking at alternate treatments now such as Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation. This is expensive, and maybe not so effective as ECT. But less invasive. Another long shot, expensive treatment is DBS - Deep Brain Stimulation. However, it is still in the experimental stage, not FDA approved (in the U.S.).
Short of that, I'm trying to find solutions in targeted vitamins/supplements, plus regular exercise.View Thread