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Quick mental health update

Wednesday, January 04, 2017


2017 will be one heck of a challenging year for me.

For the past 3 months I have been suffering with S.A.D. and chemical imbalances in my brain.

My BP was extremely high.
I kept feeling like fainting (vision narrowing and white snow in front of eyes)
I ended up having severe nightmares (emotional, not violence).
The nightmares gave me anxiety attacks, which I had never had before.
I would wake up with a fever, soaking wet, trembling, not being able to stand on my legs.
I had severe headaches and hypersensitivity to sight, smell and noise.
Anything would make me feel nauseous.
After managing to get to the shower, most symptoms would subside, washed away.
The confusion and the shaking of hands and legs however would linger throughout the day.
The strange thing however was that I did not FEEL anxious, or did not recognize it as anxiety.
More like confusion, yeah, EXTREME confusion. And zero energy.

I was tested (memory, speed, attention and flexibility, problem solving, etc.)
and my brain function was at below 10% of normal.

Witth 3 different medications triggering different brain chemicals, regular appointments with
a therapist, and daily brain exercises, my overall percentile is up to 40%
Speed 22%
Memory 45%
Attention 34%
Flexibility 50%
Problem solving 85%
I hope to be able to improve on that this year.

It is frustrating and very scary when your brain stops performing the way it is supposed to.
Expecially when it is something beyond your control, and something you can not fix with a
little pill. The brain chemicals can be readjusted, but the damage that has been done will
take time and a lot of daily exercise to reactivate the different parts of my brain.
It frightens the heck out of me. But I can see (and feel) improvement, so I am holding onto that.

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  • CANDOK1260
    Sorry you going through this. emoticon
    1387 days ago
    I'm sorry to hear about that- it sounds really hard.
    Wishing you much improvement and good things in 2017!!
    1389 days ago
    Wow! That's really scary, Dixie! I'm happy to hear you have improved as much as you have. Do you have one of those lamps that are supposed to be good for helping with SAD? I'm glad to hear that all of the things you are doing have helped as much as they have. I can only imagine how scary this whole thing must have been. I imagine it's still scary and frustrating. It's great that you can see and feel improvement. That's definitely something to hold on to. I'll be keeping you in my thoughts! emoticon emoticon
    1389 days ago
  • BEFIT020
    That sounds pretty scary! What, exactly, are 'daily brain exercises'? Like brain games?

    I hope everything gets straightened out! Good luck emoticon
    1389 days ago
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