aged1000 posted a topic in **A Special Forum to Welcome our 'NEW MEMBERS'!!**Hi everyone. I'm a middle aged male with major depressive disorder. It's become worse as I've grown older and increasingly I have to be hospitalized when I get sick. I've required ECT as an in patient which, in my case, was amazingly effective but I'd prefer not to have it again as I have experienced some memory loss. I've always been careful to maintain a network of contacts with people suffering in similar ways. I've noticed recently that I've been putting less work into this so I thought joining here would give me a boost!