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Bipolar: Shock Treatments Can Help

Posted Jun 04 2013 12:00am

I’ve been very lucky that for over six years now, I haven’t had to experience the extreme mood swings that are so characteristic of bipolar disorder .

I believe this is because I’m on such good medication, medication that stabilizes me and the mood swings. It works very well.

Those times when it didn’t work so well, the doctor was able to bring me back into control by working with my medications and adjusting the dosages or changing the meds.

But there was one point when the medication just stopped working altogether, and I had to have shock treatments. That was a pretty rough time.

Shock treatments still bring with them horrible visions of mistreatment, but it just isn’t that way any more. It’s really easy and simple, and you don’t feel a thing.

And when they work, it’s great. I was lucky – in my case, they worked. I had 8 sessions, and then it was like I was “reset.” The medication started working again, and I was fine.

I had been in a depression that I just couldn’t shake, no matter what I tried, but after the shock treatments, it was like I woke up and it was just gone! Just like that!

I’m not saying that everyone should get shock treatments. I’m only saying that if you get to a place where your medication stops working and your doctor recommends ECT (shock treatments) for your bipolar disorder, don’t be afraid of it. It can really help you.

Sometimes we just have to do what we have to do to stay stable, whatever that is. Shock treatments may seem like an extreme measure to some people, but it’s what it took to shake me out of that depression when my medication stopped working, when nothing else was helping.

I was desperate – I was willing to try anything. Yes, the idea of shock treatments scared me at first – I had heard all the stories too. But the doctor explained everything to me, and I was ok with it.

The only bad thing about it was a little confusion and some memory loss. That kind of bothered me. But otherwise, it was worth the trade off.

If shock treatments have been suggested for you, consider them as an option. They worked for me.

Wishing you joy and stability,

Remember God loves you and so do I,

Michele

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