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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

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

Bipolar II & Binge Eating Disorder (BED)

The drugs I take in case you are wondering are:

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Posted in Binge Eating, Meds