Hello all. i am seeking to hear any personal, firsthand (not what you've heard) experiences of electro-convulsive therapy for the treatment of severe depression. i am someone who has not benefitted from drug or talk therapy, a lifelong major depressive. obviously i have a chemical imbalance, but this has been amplified by childhood sexual abuse, lonliness, and most recently a horrible break-up of the only real relationship I've ever had. two psychologists and a psychiatrist have recommended ECT for my case, but i am afraid of losing my personality, and afraid of memory loss that will effect me keeping a job. however if there is a chance i could get some relief from this depression...just enough to function, not seeking a cure....without horrible side effects, maybe i should just shut up and do it. but an informed decision is important, so i would very much treasure any personal experiences with this treatment anyone can share.