Working on Us, Week 6

On her blog, Beckie of Beckie's Mental Mess has introduced a set of prompts that touches on mental illness. Each week she offers up 2 prompts for bloggers to use in a nonfiction, fiction, or poetry piece. You can respond to either prompt, or both. For more information, click here. The rules are below. This week, I... Continue Reading →

Life Decision

I was 34 or 35 when I made a decision that changed my entire life. I had been depressed for months, and was prescribed all kinds of different medications, none of which worked. Finally, my psychiatrist proposed electroconvulsive therapy (ECT), aka shock treatment. Before you cringe, know that ECT is administered humanely to candidates deemed... Continue Reading →

Discharged From the Psych Ward – March 2018

I was discharged yesterday afternoon. Fortunately, my inpatient psychiatrist didn't feel that we needed to go down the ECT route; I told him that my short-term memory is finally improving since my last ECT treatment (March 2017). He talked to my outpatient psychiatrist, and they agreed that changing my mood stabilizer, Tegretol (carbamazepine) to lithium... Continue Reading →

Costume Jewelry Projects

So some of you may know that I used to make costume jewelry, as opposed to fine jewelry (read: Tiffany's), but quit around 2014. It was probably because after some ECT treatments, I forgot how to create a certain type of bracelet and didn't feel like re-learning. Also, the depression I was going through may... Continue Reading →

Stigma Towards ECT

When I posted The ECT Procedure: How It's Done on Twitter, someone replied that electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) or, electroshock treatment "is craniocerbral [sic] trauma" and that it "causes brain damage." The person referred me to the site, ECT Resources Center, to confirm this. I was surprised to receive such a response, because I thought that... Continue Reading →

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