Let's focus on what we can do!

By Disabled People for Disabled People

  • Home
  • >
  • Depression
  • >
  • My depression was consuming me. My doctor’s prescription? Shock therapy. It worked. – The Washington Post

My depression was consuming me. My doctor’s prescription? Shock therapy. It worked. – The Washington Post

Tuesday, 3 August, 2021

My depression was consuming me. My doctor’s prescription? Shock therapy. It worked. – The Washington Post

(Alla Dreyvitser/The Washington Post)

 
Unless absolutely necessary, I did not get out of bed. It took colossal effort just to take my daughter to the bus stop. It was only a short walk from home, but I preferred driving. I could not only stay in my pajamas but also get back under my white duvet as fast as possible.

When explaining depression to people, I described feeling my body was a strong magnet and my bed was the magnet of the opposing pole. This was not my first bout with depression. I have bipolar disorder and experience both sides of that disease — the manic and the depressive — but this depressive episode was long and unyielding.

I was exhausted. I felt worthless. I was certain my family would be better off without me. But any time I was close to downing all of my prescription psychotropic medicines at once, I would repeat a mantra: A mommy in bed beats a mommy who’s dead.

Read more at: https://www.washingtonpost.com/health/electroshock-therapy-and-depression/2021/07/30/fb7857d8-d9b7-11eb-9bbb-37c30dcf9363_story.html

Categories :
  • Depression
  • Latest Headlines
  • Personal Stories
Socials :

Recent posts