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Valproic Acid, Lithium, and ECT

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Old 05-27-2010, 03:14 AM   #1
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Valproic Acid, Lithium, and ECT

My doctor is going to put me on valproic acid (Depakote) in about a month. If that doesn't work he's going to put me on lithium. If that doesn't work I'll undergo electroconvulsive therapy. Trust me, all of these therapies have been a long time coming.

I'd actually prefer to jump straight into ECT to be honest. The risk/reward ratio seems to be the best of the three, but, for those of you who have been through treatment with one or more of the therapy methods above, I'd like to know your experiences.

Thank you.

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Old 05-27-2010, 12:50 PM   #2
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Re: Valproic Acid, Lithium, and ECT


I have had good experiences with Depakote as a mood stabilizer and sleep aid. I have been on 1000 mg every night for about three months. I have barely had any side effects other than trouble concentrating, and short term memory issues. These issues could also be from post concussion syndrome or stress as I suffer from both right now.


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