I know I already have a “Lesson” titled “Communication is Key” but I thought I needed another lesson for myself to emphasize the importance of talking to your doctor. It’s been about two years since I first started ECT (about 1.5years since I started maintenance ECT), and I’m coming to a point where I am starting to question if I should keep on going with the process. After all, I am on medication and see a therapist…do I still need to have ECT?
As much as it is ultimately my decision to keep on going or stop the ECT, this really is something that should be discussed with your psychiatrist. S/he can evaluate your current condition to determine what treatment(s) would be best for you. Quitting the process without talking to anyone may actually seriously affect your mental health….one that might cause you to have to go back to having ECT again.
In closing, I do think it’s a good thing to question your ECT treatments, because I don’t think this is something you should keep doing without putting any thought into it. But it’s really important that you open up to someone who has something to do with your treatments.
See the other “ECT Lessons-I’ve-Learned”