Has Anyone Around the Age of 18 Had Success With Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT)?

Question by Cathy: Has anyone around the age of 18 had success with electroconvulsive therapy (ECT)?
My daughter has had severe depression since she was about 13. She has also had a very traumatic experience and is now diagnosed with PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.) She has been in three mental institutions, twice for over 30 days. She sees a psychiatrist regularly, and has been on about every anti-depressant on the market. No success. All it does is make her gain weight. She hasn’t graduated high school, never had a job, doesn’t have her driver permit, and has tried to commit suicide rwice.

If anyone has experience, good or bad with the ECT, I would love to hear your story if you’re willing to share it. My daughter has had 7 treatments so far. They are going to re-evaluate her at 8. I think she may be doing a little better but still needs to be on an antidepressant that works – if there is such a thing.

Thank you!

Best answer:

Answer by M
The psychiatrist and his magic potions have not helped your daughter.

You didn’t say whether the suicide attempts were before or after she started having “treatments”, but drugs and electroconvulsive “therapy” destroy the brain (albeit slowly) as surely as suicide destroys the body.

What is the point of saving your daughter’s life if the psychiatrist destroys who she is, destroys [I don’t know of a non-religious word for this] her soul?

I cannot know whether it is too late to help your daughter. Maybe having gone through this horrific experience has “knocked some sense” into her. Maybe the damage the psychiatrist has done isn’t too great. But at least give her a chance to get out from under this torture (calling it a treatment is worse than a lie).

I suppose you can try the carrot and stick approach. She has already seen the psychiatrist stick. It’s time to somehow show her some love again.

It will be tough – she cannot possibly trust anyone any more, after all she has been through.

It may not work – but the torture she is going through now isn’t working, either.

Psychiatry is still very much in the dark ages. In the 20th century, lobotomies (removing a large part of the brain with no signs of a physical disease) were considered a cure for “mental illness”.

The American Psychiatric Association (APA) did not remove homosexuality from its official Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) until 1973!

Psychiatrists attempted to “cure” untold numbers of homosexuals of their supposed mental disease, by the usual gruesome methods.

Though not with anything like the frequency in the USSR and Nazi Germany, US psychiatrists have even committed people to insane asylums for their political beliefs. The well known poet Ezra Pound is probably the most famous example. He was locked up in a US federal insane asylum for 13 years because he supported the Fascists during World War II. General Edwin Walker is another. He was committed to a federal asylum because he spoke to a segregationist mob during a 1960’s race riot.

Nowadays, any young boy who becomes antsy sitting in a boring classroom for countless hours daily gets diagnosed as having ADHD, and is drugged with Ritalin or some such. Drugging up to a fifth of all male students is a highly profitable business. Who cares how many lives it ruins?

How can one trust such a profession? Why would one?

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