I hate my forehead and I never go out without my bangs down. This is the first picture I have ever posted with my fivehead.

I hate my forehead and I never go out without my bangs down. This is the first picture I have ever posted with my fivehead.

Remembering Sherwin Nuland - Electroconvulsive Therapy

Sherwin Nuland died on March 3, 2014 at age 83. He experienced, lived through and defeated mental illness. These are my notes from his TED talk:

  • Historically, people would treat mental illness by inducing convulsions. This would be done by eating certain plants. 
  • In 1932, scientists found that people who suffered multiple epileptic seizures had their depression taken away.
  • They decided to test shock therapy on a fellow who was schizophrenic. He was not living well. They tried 55 volts for 2 tenths of a second. He was not put to sleep. He sat right up and asked “what the fuck are you assholes trying to do?”. This guy couldn’t even talk before. They had observed him for two weeks before. They did it again for 110 volts for half a second. He got “cured”.
  • Because he had schizophrenia it returned.
  • The shock therapy worked well for depression. Started using it in the 1930’s and 40’s. There were no antidepressant drugs.
  • They would put them to sleep first and it was a very hard procedure as people would shake violently. Muscle relaxants were used to stop convulsions. 
  • In the middle 60s, first antidepressants were used. This continued to 70s and 80s. People stopped liking electric shock therapy - looked violent. 
  • People are starting to go back to electro convulsive therapy. 10% of people are not responding to antidepressants. 
  • Sherwin had his life saved by two long courses of electroconvulsive therapy. 
  • He went through a terrible divorce, and had a terrible childhood. Nobody spoke English and there was lots of disease and death - he was prone to depression. He tried to save his marriage and it didn’t work out. 
  • As a doctor, he couldn’t get out of bed by 11 am. He was scheduling his surgeries for after 1:00 pm. His referrals became to decrease and he got more depressed. He said he couldn’t work anymore. 
  • He had himself admitted to the hospital. His colleagues said he’d be better in 6 weeks. He could hardly see 5 feet in front of himself. He didn’t bathe or shave. He was going to need long term hospitalization. He was admitted in the spring of 1973. They tried everything they had - meds, therapy, etc. Nothing worked. 
  • They decided to have a senior meeting because of his position. They decided that nothing could be done because of his obsessional thinking - he’d get upset over numbers, ritualistic observances, etc. Every moment was a scream. They decided to do a frontal lobotomy.  He was 43 years old. 
  • A resident was assigned to his case that was 27 years old. He met with him 3 to 4 times per week. He dug in his heels and would not let him have a lobotomy. He wanted to try electroshock therapy. The senior doctors decided to do it to humor him. 
  • They gave him a course of 10 times. They noticed a big change. They decided to give him 10 more. He noticed HUGE changes. He had the sense that he could overcome this. He saw that he could overcome his depression and obsessive thoughts. 
  • He remembered the moment he realized he could think clearly. But he wanted a formula for when he began thinking obsessively. Each time he would get crazy, he would think “awww Fuck it”. It worked! Every time he began to think obsessively, he would say this and things got better.
  • He was discharged within 3 - 4 months and he began practicing again. He remarried. His children came back to live with him, he had two more kids. He even got ahead in his career and he began to write books. 
  • He’s been healthy for 30 years and is now a full time writer. 
  • He chose to give this TED talk because he wants people to know that things can change. Everyone goes through adversities. If he, with the bleakness of spirit, can get ahead - anyone can do it.
  • Resurrection actually happens. Remember the ancient story of the Phoenix.  

After hearing this TED talk, I don’t think that everyone needs to have this sort of therapy but it does take away the stigma. I always thought electroshock therapy was this terrible thing that people should never go through. I’m very impressed with this talk. 

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Me at work!!!!

Me at work!!!!

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some graffiti I found downtown the other day. I don’t know why, but I really liked it. it’s just so enticing. I have no idea what happened and I never will.

destructi0n-is-creation:

some graffiti I found downtown the other day. I don’t know why, but I really liked it. it’s just so enticing. I have no idea what happened and I never will.

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Chocolate Pope: Pope Francis receives life-sized chocolate statue of himself as a gift.

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