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Electroconvulsive Therapy

i hope you will respond to this question on your web site, but i have a feeling you wont. my question is about ECT. i have refractive depression that plaques me every moment of my life. I've been on over 30 medication, and none helped me whatsoever.. not even a little bit. so, I'm dreadfully considering ECT. Questions: if i miss any time at work, they will fire me--no exaggeration. does the effects of ECT make it difficult to work that very day or the next day? how many days is average for recovery? is there a difference between recovery when doing ECT 3 times a week versus 1 time a week? also, I've read an article from a woman who has had ECT over a 3-5 year timespan. she now has constant black outs and her memory is long gone. she warns people about doing ect. my memory used to be so good. i was actually smart .until i get depressed. now, my mind is in a constant fog as it is. i need what memory cells i have left to do my job. I'm very afraid that ect will wipe out what i have left. and even if just temporary, how long is temporary? I'd have to go to work the next day, and I'd need my memory in tact. I'd really appreciate any information or suggestions from you. p.s. my therapist is a behavioral therapist.

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