Are You Shocked That I Got Shocked?

Fascinating perspective about ECT in the treatment of depression.

Birth of a New Brain

ImageI’m still shocked that I had the guts to request ECT, otherwise known as electroconvulsive therapy or electroshock.  (Yeah, I like the third term “electroshock” best…NOT!)  There was nothing other than pure desperation that drove me to do something so frightening.

It was January of 2009.  I had been diagnosed with bipolar disorder two years before, and I was teetering on the edge of sanity.  Then my father died.  If you read the previous post “Stigma – Part Two” you know that my relationship with my father was a close one, and I loved him unreservedly.  His health had been failing for several years before he passed away, but each time it seemed that he reached his end, he’d make a miraculous recovery.  No matter how many remarkable recoveries Dad made, I knew that it was inevitable that I would lose him forever.  I had been dreading his death every…

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11 thoughts on “Are You Shocked That I Got Shocked?

  1. I thought it was your post so I used your name several times. I was diagnosed with Lyme last week, my brain is on overload getting used to all the new meds and a Gluten Free Diet. I have a 9:00 P bedtime and as you can see I didn’t make it. I was thinking about you the last couple of days when you didn’t post. Is everything ok. Use my personal e-mail if want support and just to chat. I’m here for you.

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  2. Dear Amy, not only am I not shocked that you were shocked, but I am grateful that the shock got you well enough to so share that experience with us 🙂
    All the best then, light and love, Marie

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    1. Hi Marie,
      It was actually a reblog from my friend Dyan’s site proudlybipolar.wordpress.com She had the experience with the ECT and wrote about it. She is a terrific writer..you may want to check out her site!

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  3. Thank you so much, Amy, for reblogging my ECT post. I felt so honored and happy that you did, and I loved your introduction as well. I’ve missed seeing your posts over the past few days (you’ve been spoiling me with them, as well as everyone else!) so I hope you are doing okay, hanging in there. It seems like it has been a very difficult time for a lot of my fellow bloggers, and I speak for myself as well. Anyway, sending you a big hug, sweet Amy – I am so happy we are connected. Hope to see another of your wonderful posts soon! Take care! xo Dyane

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    1. Hi Dyane, I am honored to have rebloged your post. I thought it was so insightful and real and that people could get a great deal out of it. Also just as a bonus your writing is terrific! I have been a little up and down lately. I am working on getting another part time job so I have been focusing on it. But I do have a few topics in mind for a post or two. It is so nice to know I have been missed! Thanks Dyane for your kind words.

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      1. You have totally been missed by us all, Amy!!!!!! You have groupies, my friend! Amyoopies!

        Wow – a PT job is a big deal. I’m super-curious to know more, but perhaps you want/need to be mum about it for now. Still….if you feel like mentioning any of it in “general”, I’m all yours! 🙂

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  4. Thanks Amy, for posting an interesting story about someone who had success with ECT. I didn’t, I had a horrible time but I think it’s because I had bilateral instead of unilateral treatments. I swore I would never do it again. However, after reading this article, If I ever get to such a depressed state that nothing helps and I’m without options to save me, this article has convinced me to try the unilateral method. Thank you.

    I hope you are okay. I am always glad to see what you have to share.

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    1. Hi journey upward, so glad to get your comment. I thought Dyane’s article really shared a lot of good details about ECT. It was something I once considered but was too afraid of. I have been on break for a few days but I will be posting again soon.

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