When Sarah was 35 years old she made the decision to have electroconvulsive therapy (ECT). While the treatment helped her with her severe depression, it came at the price of her memories.
“I would be talking to someone and I would know that I knew them, and knew them well, but I actually couldn’t remember how I knew them or what I knew about them,” Sarah says.
ECT is considered the most effective treatment for severe depression that hasn’t responded to other treatments. Sarah’s psychiatrist had given her a range of treatment options in the years leading up to her ECT, but none were able to shift the severe depression that ultimately left her feeling suicidal.