Coping With ECT Brain Damage During the Holidays 

For all the shock survivors who struggle with exhaustion: you aren’t weak, lazy or delusional.
Your everyday struggles are real and have a cause, even if most people don’t recognize it.

Learn about neuro-fatigue

As this article demonstrates, invisible disabilities are just as real and can be as restricting as visible ones.

The holidays can be brutal for ECT survivors with noisy, crowded family events and expectations of normal, engaged, happy, behavior.

How I feel about these expectations

Please be gentle with yourself this Christmas and every day in between.

Give yourself time-outs when you need them. Limit time you spend at events according to your needs. Fake an important call or another event if you have to! (I’ve currently excused myself from three events already.)

Remember that you have been injured and have suffered terrible losses from a pseudoscientific procedure. You are doing the best you can with what you have.

Share the neuro-fatigue article with open minded loved ones so they can better understand your limitations and needs.

As for the not so open-minded people in your life who don’t respect your limits–they can go choke on a candy cane 😉

Happy (or at least tolerable) holidays 🙂

-Jane

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    Mary Power at December 24, 2016 Reply

    Ah but where are those understanding family members that one can show articles like this to?? Mine are fed up to the back teeth of me moaning about my damaged brain etc. As if it’s just an excuse for my inability to keep up with modern life…

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      Jane at December 24, 2016 Reply

      Get them some candy canes and hope for the best 😉 Seriously though, I am sorry you don’t have support. Seeing the way ECT ruins relationships and isolates survivors –there aren’t words. I wish they’d put alienation in the consent forms….

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