Sylvia was 70-years-old before she first experienced mental illness. Following a series of deaths of a number people very close to her, she became severely depressed. After being diagnosed with bipolar disorder – in her own words, “I’m not sure what it means, I think it means I’m double nutty!”- she ended up having electroconvulsive therapy treatment (ECT) on the Older Adults Psychiatric Ward at the Maudsley Hospital.
Despite the success of the ECT treatment, Sylvia still takes Lithium every day, which helps to stabilise her mood. Two years later, she volunteers every Friday in the ward where she was once treated to chat to the patients and generally help out. Friendly, warm and chatty, Sylvia is an example that recovery is possible.
Read her story here.