a little about….
the ECT chronicles: jumpstarting a life with a little spark to the head
‘A Little Spark’ refers to electroconvulsive therapy (ECT), a form of treatment which I started having in January 2009–the same time I started this journal. This journal is a personal account of getting ECT and living with a mental illness, as well as a compilation of mental-health related news of interest. I hope it serves as a resource to those interested in ECT and mental health in general. On top of those things, I’m sure I’ll be bringing up stuff like the NFL (I’m a football fan) and other random topics….
I believe I’ve been dealing with depression for a very long time. I was given my first prescription for antidepressants in early 2002 (I suppose it was for depression; the doctor practically handed them to me). In mid 2004, I was diagnosed with bipolar disorder II, rapid cycling, which was a diagnosis that came when I was hospitalized after my second suicide attempt. After a few hospitalizations and countless medication changes, my doctor and I came to a conclusion that I should try electroconvulsive therapy. After close to three years of ECT, I chose to stop the ECT. My treatment now involves a wonderful psychotherapist, as well as a new psychiatrist who is eager to help me with my health, but isn’t as eager to make pills and electricity the solution to all ills in life.
I’m now 33.
I do have a cat. His name is Simon, named partly after Mr. Paul Simon. I enjoy clean lines (love Piet Mondrian), but am really bad at cleaning house.
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