Bipolar Disorder, ECT, Social Security Disability
Here's a post from another blogger that I'd like to recommend, simply because reading and listening to other people's stories is didactic, particularly if you suffer from the same affliction.
The blogger is an attorney with Bipolar Disorder who is on ECT (electroconvulsive therapy). His claim for LTD benefits has been denied and he is currently in the process of pursuing social security disability benefits.
As he states, the ECT has been extremely helpful in treating his bipolar disorder; however, not surprisingly, he's suffering memory deficits. This is essentially the situation with my brother-in-law, who has been on out-patient ECT for about 2 years. In his case, the memory problems seem to be cumulative; that is, the longer the electroconvulsive therapy continue the worse his memory problems seem to get. In fact, just remembering how to get the movie theater he has gone to a few dozen times is a no-can-do. Hopefully, that won't be the case with this blogger. My brother-in-law does say, though, that even with the memory impairment, he's very glad he's received ECT, because the alternative (manic episodes, depression, and constant thoughts of suicide) was much worse.
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