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serafena
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   Posted 10/9/2007 5:49 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Everyone: I've relocated Blessing Waters's post here. Please respond to it here. Thanks.
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Hi, I'm a new member, Blessing Waters. I was attracted by a message by Hyde concerning ECT and Dissociative Identity Disorder while surfing and looking for info on exactly that topic. What a way to receive anew diagnosis! Sorry for that. We seem to have a lot in common. I am also Bi-polar, with ultra-rapid cycling (can be several times a day) and mixed states. I am currently experiencing a major depression, have had an increase in Nardil (an MAOI) and it has made some aspects of my problems worse, but won't getr into that right now. A doctor has speculated about ECT, as i also, have had a terrible time finding a medication to help my depression and if this one isn't working I am fearful of ECT, most because i don't know how my memory for the pasat will be affected, as it pertains to both memories i have recovered and those i am still trying to draw forward. Perhaps Hyde would share his thoughts on the memory issue. It would help me. As far as the bipolar goes, I'm having a lot of trouble feeling sleepy and wanting to go to bed at night. I'm not sure why, or even if it is related to tghe bi-polar. It began months before my med increase. I didn't go to bed at all two nights ago and 4:00 AM the following night. I slept about 5-6 hours and now it's almost 2 AM and i fee, perhaps, another all-nightger coming on. I do not have a psychiatrist right now, long story, so my family doctor will re-write prescriptions, but that's all. I have a referral in to see a psychiatristr who actually belpeives in DID. I just pray he'll take me on. I'm so complicated, i also have two eating disorders and Post traumatic stress disorder. However, I'm lucky, as I am still able to do a lot of useful things, like writing books, in spit of all the chaos. I'd love to hear from anyone at all who resonates in any way with what I've said. Enough said for now,

Blessing Waters.(PS I was diagnosed with DID in 2000; I know a lot about it)
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serafena
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   Posted 10/9/2007 6:03 AM (GMT -7)   
What an incredible lot you're going through Blessing Waters. My deepest sympathy.

I fully admit that my knowledge of DID, PTSD and their treatment is very limited. I know almost nothing of MAOIs, and only a little about ECT, but I am fully willing to learn. I have known a couple of people who have had ECT, and I can say that it was effective in helping alleviate their symptoms. I have heard that memory loss is less severe with unilateral pulse treatment, and that it is usually limited to the weeks and sometimes months surrounding the treatment. I didn't ask them. But if you have just very recently uncovered memories, that might be effected. I believe some memories can even be recovered. In both cases, though, their disorders were severe -- much like yours -- and within a couple of years the depression returned. As you would expect. Nonetheless, they had a couple of years off, and that is not something to scoff at.

Good luck with the new psych.
Serafena
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olivia of course
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   Posted 10/9/2007 10:48 AM (GMT -7)   
Blessings Water,

I wanted to welcome you to the HW family. I too am limited on the subjects of ECT, I am sorry I cannot be of help. You do have Bipolar, and there are a few rapid cyclers on board. As for the eating disorder, I struggled with that many years ago, and don't remember much of it. I too suffer from PTSD, and sometimes pretent it does not affect me, but it is still a big part of my life. Please know we are here for you if you need to talk. I hope you meds are working better for you and your new pdoc too.
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