Depression and possible dementia masked the real problem
Bebe Bahnsen, now 73, traces the beginning of her psychological slide to the mid-1990s. She moved back to her home state of Georgia and her life slowly began to unravel. She felt estranged from her large and devoted circle of friends, began having problems at work, and grew restless and increasingly depressed. For the first time in her life, she said, she was intermittently psychotic. Periodic suicide attempts, some involving overdoses of prescribed sleeping pills, landed her in a series of mental hospitals. She was also terrified that her cognitive ability was slipping. She was having trouble expressing herself and feared she was developing dementia, even though she was barely 66. What her doctors found resulted in an entirely different treatment, one that had a rapid and dramatic effect on her mental state. Can you find out the cause?
Clue 1: Psychotherapy and antidepressants, especially Prozac, had been effective
Clue 2: The MRI showed a small meningioma
Clue 3: She underwent a series of eight electroshock treatments.The sessions resulted in memory loss but did little to relieve the blackness that had engulfed her
Clue 4: A washout was done, but no improvements were seen