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What’s Does TMS (Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation) Feel Like?

Overall, the TMS treatments through Queensland Health have been far more bearable than past ECT treatments.  After a drama with making sure I was on the same medication each day, I became stable enough to start TMS treatment.  I think

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Posted in bipolar, ECT, Mood, TMS

rTMS (Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation) in Australian Public Health

rTMS Therapy has finally made it to Queensland to a Public Health Centre near me, and I thought I would share my experiences.  First off, Repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation doesn’t seem to be a whole lot like my past experience

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Posted in bipolar, ECT, TMS

Trauma work, bipolar and thoughts of suicide or homicide

The complexity of living with bipolar II and having a career where there I am exposed to others’ trauma is a lively tightrope walk that involves honest self-reflection, exceptional supervision and surrender.  I know some things, but I am not

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Posted in bipolar, Mood, work

Planning for Depression

One common suggestion for people with bipolar is to document how you would like things to proceed when you are unwell.  This is my plan.  Feel free to adapt it for your use. Wellness Strategy (ongoing pretty much daily –

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Posted in Actions, Basics, bipolar, Health

Should I Disclose My Mental Illness?

There are varying sources of advice on whether or not to disclose a mental illness to family, friends, and employers.  I disclosed to my 2 closest family members – my husband and my mom nearly right away after my *final*

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Posted in Basics, bipolar, bipolar II, relationships, work

Sodium Valproate = Relief

After being on Lithium a couple of years with bad side effects and decreasing effectiveness, I changed to sodium valproate (aka Depakote, Valproate) about 8 weeks ago.  I found some useful info on this site about side effects and such that might

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Posted in Binge Eating, bipolar, Meds, Mood

BP Relationship Pain – Breaking it Down

My bipolar II is affecting my partner, and I’m not sure how to reverse the hurt it has caused, mainly because I don’t remember a lot. My partner is one of those people that has a chronically joyful smile and is

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Posted in bipolar, Feelings, relationships