I’m interested in all things psych/neuro, and medicine in general, actually. I love research, and am fascinated by how the body works. Now, that’s a BAD opening sentence! Still, it’s true. *shrugs*
I am also a Great Sage and a Great Prophet (i.e. I ramble a lot.)
I am also a Great Geek (i.e. no i.e. required.)
I would like to consider myself a writer (beyond this blahg) however, I’m not a professional. I have been published before, so I guess that somehow does qualify me as a “professional,” but that is not how I earn a living. I write more for the sheer enjoyment and beauty of it. Still, if something comes up where there is a possibility I may be published (now matter how unbelievably high the statistics are against it) off goes my submission!
In terms of other “professions?” Loony, Nutbar, Fruitcake, Mentalcase…we can just keep adding to the list. I think this would be the perfect place t say I have been hospitalized eleven times. So, a “professional patient?” However, one was for a non-psych, physically “insane” reason where I was so sick they had to place me in Isolation. Glass doors shut and the whole deal.
Another note about “Being a Professional.” Yes, I am, or can be, referred to as Dr. PA. I even put it on my sidebar where my email address is. It’s a joke that’s been around for a while. However, some people have been complimentary enough (and perhaps more than myself), to say I could be a physician. *shudders*
Dr. PA would undoubtedly kill someone. Although, I am that geeky enough, and enjoy digging into my research so much, I do make posts of that nature. They may make me sound smarter than I really am, but surprisingly I do understand some of what I’m talking about. Rest assured. Dr. PA would never (intentionally) mislead her readers!
My diagnoses are Bipolar II (however, I am an Ultradian Cycler, so that quite arguably could be Bipolar NOS) ADD (Inattentive Type) Asperger’s, Epilepsy, Migraines and PTSD. Along with the PTSD, I can add a component of the DID family. That would be Dissociative Amnesia. There is also some underlying Eating Disorder business in terms of Anorexia. So, we can toss a bit of that in there, too! Rather a full house? My brain is quite complex. Loads of fun, I tell you! Never a dull moment!
I live in Canada, if geographical locations are pertinent details to you.
I can stutter. I do a lot of other weird things, too. I’m a total spaz.
I’m also female if that is important to you, as well. You know, that’s probably worth mentioning. I’ve had a few readers ask me of my gender. Funny, huh?
And just what is funny? My funny? Black, warped, dark, twisted, sarcastic and dry! Plus, extremely obscene, and bordering on offensive to some. Well, bring it on! You can not offend me!
I very much welcome feedback, comments, questions, so if you wish, toss your darts to:
patientanonymous (at) gmail (dot) com
Edit: As of June 2006, in case you are wondering who “Merlin” is, he’s my psychiatrist…oh, and I won’t change the date, as it’s a little complicated. I actually have two psychiatrists, so the other one is Merlin #2 (thus making Merlin, now, Merlin #1.)
Edit: For all the epilepsy folks out there (and anyone else who is interested) I feel I should list all the types of seizures I have experienced. Now that I’ve had them, of course they may come back!
My epilepsy is also idiopathic (of unknown cause.) The seizures and types are no longer listed chronologically as they appeared through my life.
- Simple partial of all manner including motor, sensory, psychic and Gelastic. Also involving autonomic nervous system controls including thermoregulation disorder, olfactory (involving sense of smell–would fall under sensory) and Abdominal Seizures–ANS–i.e. autonomic nervous system.) I may have missed more and I giving examples of each would take up so much of the page! However, I believe I’ve hit every type of Simple partial type out there.
- Complex Partial
- Reflex (generally causes myclonic reaction through body, extremely often beginning with jaws, then rest of body perhaps, but definitely legs if more myoclonic activity occurs. Also frequent is atonic activity re: neck, eyelid myoclonus and loss of vision.) However, these may not all happen at the same time!
- NCSE (Non-convulsive Status Epilepticus.) This is an “epilepsy syndrome,” basically. The specific type of this syndrome for me, is “Typical Absence Status Epilepticus.” What it means, is that I am experiencing prolonged absence seizures for various periods and those times are unknown. Also, the absence seizures may be in different forms. I become extremely sick to the point it debilitates me. At least I know that it is catamenial (both revolving around menstruation and ovulation.)
- Absence Seizures (although I may have had them as a child, I don’t know.)
There could be more “unclassifiable” seizures happening, as well. I think that’s a considerable list, so it might be possible more could be going on that no one is aware of!
I have also had many experiences with something called Todd’s paresis. It is a temporary weakness or paralysis that occurs to a portion of the body where the seizure has occurred. One morning I knew I had a tonic-clonic in my sleep as I woke up with Todd’s paresis from the neck down! That was interesting.
Thanks for stopping by, and I hope you like what you see.