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hello, my husband is 71...
hello, my husband is 71, was perfectly fine and all of a sudden he went into a deep depression, they have him on restoril and wed if he stays medically clear he will have his 1st ect, whats your opinion of this, he has such fears and totally parinoid
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Mental Health Professional: Selah R, M.S. LPC, Therapist replied 8 years ago
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That seems a bit drastic to me to jump this quickly to ECT without trying newer antidepressants, mood stabilizers, and antipsychotics first. You only mentioned Restoril, which is a sleep aid.

I would recommend that you have him seen by a psychiatrist who specializes in geriatric psychiatry for a second opinion before going to ECT. It may be that they think he has too many medical issues to tolerate the antidepressants, but I'd still want a second option before a single ECT treatment.

Selah
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