Monday, December 29, 2008

Shock Treatment side effect

Review: In 'Wishful Drinking,' Carrie Fisher chronicles life, battle with bipolar disorder
By Colette Bancroft, Times Book Editor
December 21, 2008

And you thought being chained to Jabba the Hutt while wearing a metal bikini was tough.

She has weathered alcoholism, drug overdose, divorce and a friend's sudden death in her own bed, but Carrie Fisher dishes out the biggest shocker in the first chapter of her memoir Wishful Drinking. After struggling for much of her life with bipolar disorder, the celebrity kid-actor-novelist underwent electroconvulsive therapy to treat it. It worked, she says, except for one tiny side effect.

"My memory — especially my visual memory — has been wrenched from me," she writes. "All of a sudden, I find that I seem to have forgotten who I was before. So, I need to reacquaint myself with this sort of celebrity person I seem to be."

1 comment:

rjbbrooks said...

I have an aunt, who, who earlier in life suffered from extreme depression and received ECT. Now she is in her sixties and has had poor vision for some time. Doctors thought it was a completely optical problem, but recently, a psychologist has suggested her condition is Dorsal Simultanagnosia (the inability to recognize more than one object at a time). This is a neurological condition, caused by damage to the bilateral parieto-occipital region of the brain. Is it possible that this type of brain damage is caused by shock therapy earlier in life? And could it potentially be a problem that doesn't appear until years later?