Originally Posted by armywife&mum
hi, my mum unfortunatly has suffered with phychotic depression since i was 10 years old. She thankfully recovered 10 years later and was well for about 5 years and went on to successfully compleat a degree in psychology last year(sorry bout spelling). then unfortunatly within the last 12-18 months she has become increasingly depressed again. She had been talking about wanting to have the ect treatment for a few weeks and originally the doctor said no but now has recomended that she has it done and was addmited into hospital on thursday. Unfortunatley my dad works in the USA and can't come home but disagrees with the dicision including myself and most of the family and her friends. I have visited her once and have spoken on the phone regually but nothing i can say will make her change her mind. I feel very concerned and upset by the decision to go ahead and don't know which way to turn. I just have come on here for some advice and support. Has anyone here ever had it done or know anyone that has? what was the outcome? please reply, thanx
support your mum. ect today is not, as another poster has already written, the ect of yesterday. it's safe and , as well as i recall, statistically the most effective still for hard to treat patients. one "inconvenience" is that it is recommended for most that they continue to have a "booster" ect at certain intervals throughout their lives, but that's a small price to pay if this truly makes her feel like herself again and makes her functional. the decision was hers to make. try to be supportive, encourage the family to be supportive, and hope you have a happier, more productie mum when she comes home. she took what she decided was the best route for her. i wish her well.