Oct 31, 2008
(Started Oct 31, 2008)
(for depressed mood)
(visual disturbances (ie seeing stars and light flashes), speech problems)
Not at all hard to take
Advice & Tips:
This is still experimental. Patients must be able to recall a time free from depression, even decades ago. The surgery was very painful, and took longer to recover than I expected. Once I did, the results were apparent. Not so much for the depressed thinking, but completely eliminated the slowed thinking, lack of verbal fluency, eyesight much improved (details, colors), hearing improved-able to follow conversations, fine motor skills definitely improved. I would choose ECT over this surgery for depression if insurance would pay indefinitely. This is more an option for people who need continued ECT once a month. It doesn't replace drugs, but seems to make them more effective. The drugs seems to help more with the hopelessness, sad thinking. The implant more with the slowed down stuff.
tingling near implant, mild pulling sensation in my neck from the wire threaded under the skin, visual disturbances (ie seeing stars and light flashes), speech problems