884756237_619629d647_zWelcome to Bipolar Barb, in which I chronicle my journey through depression and anxiety. My posts are about my past and current experiences with mental illness. I was 25 years old when I was diagnosed with bipolar II in 1994. It’s been over 10 years since I’ve had a hypomanic episode, so I mainly struggle with the (chronic) depression side.

I’ll recount things to the best of my memory because I’ve had a number of ECT treatments over the years. I’ll mention if I can’t remember something clearly or exactly. ECT is short for electroconvulsive therapy or, shock treatment. The treatments have affected my long-term memory, which makes remembering some of my past life events or details difficult if not impossible. It’s also affected what one of the ECT doctors calls “retrieval”: I have trouble recalling words from my vocabulary, which is frustrating. NOTE: I don’t advocate for or against using ECT. I’m just sharing my experience.

Thanks for reading this far. I hope you join me on this journey!


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