So….who are you?

As I begin my training as a Hearing Advocate for those involuntarily hospitalized, I found this post timely. Finding My Sunshine is a mother, wife and PhD student living with Bipolar disorder. In this post, she describes her experience with involuntary hospitalization and multiple ECT sessions administered while prescribed Lithium, resulting in severe memory loss. Through rehabilitation much of her memory is returning, but she does not recall everything about her hospitalization.

Finding My Sunshine

One of the major side effects of ECT is short term memory loss. And, boy, did it affect me.

I underwent ECT thrice weekly for ten sessions in the locked ward. Which, incidentally, reminds me. Recently I was considering my time in hospital and found it remarkable that when you are first involuntarily frog marched to a locked ward it is a major crush to the soul. You’re all “let me out of here! I’m being held against my will!” you pound your fists on the air lock doors and almost inevitably get told that you are going to be given something to “calm down”, which actually sounds quite pleasant until you are stabbed with a hypodermic needle. Then a few weeks later, after you have settled in, you’re all “welcome to my crib. Bitch.” Institutionalization at its finest. Clearly a topic for another time.

Anyway, back to my terrible…

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5 thoughts on “So….who are you?

  1. mariskameldrum October 14, 2014 / 3:53 am

    Thanks for drawing our attention to this blog…. Proud of you for training as an advocate. I’d love to do it too…. Just a bit hard to juggle at the moment with work and three little ones. I’ll follow your experience with interest though.

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    • Kitt O'Malley October 14, 2014 / 8:30 am

      Wait until you three little ones are older. It is challenging to balance multiple roles when living with bipolar disorder. Heck, it’s challenging to mother three young childen even without contending with a mental illness! Motherhood is by far the most challenging job I have ever had in my life.

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