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#13 forestx5


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Posted 14 December 2018 - 05:21 AM

Progress is being made.  My small city (70,000?) just celebrated the opening of an epilepsy center, which will also specialize in diagnosis and treatment of migraine.  I googled "epilepsy and migraine"

and the results indicate the medical science community has figured out the co morbid relationship.  One British Neurologist wrote a paper titled "Migraine, on the borderlands of epilepsy".

The researchers have also connected epilepsy and migraine to affective disorders (serious mental illness such as recurrent major depression and bipolar disorder).

If I presented to an emergency room  today, as i did on an unseasonably warm December night in 1971, I doubt an attending physician would recognize my symptoms as caused

by post - ictal psychosis in the aftermath of temporal lobe seizure.  However, I certainly hope it would not take 40 years for mental health professionals to suggest an EEG, given I was

suffering frequent ocular migraines, co morbid with "spells" (*focal temporal lobe seizures), and co morbid with episodes of recurrent major depression.

"Bigger Fish to Fry" is what one US Neurologists said to me, after diagnosing my visuals as ocular migraine.  I wonder if he would suggest an EEG if I saw him today

under the same circumstances?  Doubtful if a psychologist would recommend an EEG.  Why should they when they have a book case full of self help books for me to read.

#14 Dancing_master


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Posted 17 June 2019 - 10:14 AM

It is interesting to see how, historically, scientists have proposed various theories that eventually were discounted and proven false.  Astronomy gives many examples of this evolution of ideas, as does our understanding of genetics.  Psychiatry/Psychology is another

"science" which has had its share of theories.  Well actually, it consists almost entirely of theories as there is not much science to be found in psychiatry or psychology.

I don't believe in "repressed emotions".  I would have to have someone explain that concept to me. Secondly, I don't believe there is such a thing as "a good psychotherapist".  I don't believe there is enough science in

psychology or psychiatry for anyone to practice it effectively.  There are, however, a few good people who make the attempt at being a good psychotherapist, but I wouldn't visit one to have a friend at $75 an hour.

I read many self help books during my 40 years of mental illness.  Most were totally worthless.  Some could get you excited because they wrote accurately about your symptoms.

When the time came to provide a solution for your problems, things got kind of murky and it ends with you being right where you started. (no workable solution).

I can recommend a book by Robyn Dawes titled "A House of Cards".  Professor Dawes taught at Carnegie Mellon in Pittsburgh.  He raised a disabled daughter as a single

parent. Reading his book helped prepare me for what to expect from an industry which no longer had roots in legitimate science. (the psychology industry).

Yes, I did lose all of my positive emotions and what remained were the harsh emotions of dread, fear, and hopelessness.  I didn't repress my positive emotions or embrace

the negative emotions.  I was busy trying to survive in my new reality.  It did take a lot of intellectual work, because that is all I had to work with.  Life was bland without emotions, but

I had no choice but to proceed without them.  I say lose, rather than repress because I lost my emotions following a 3 minute period in which

I experienced approximately 30 epileptic discharges in my temporal lobe.  The temporal lobe is where your sensory inputs go to be merged with emotional context after

consulting with your memory and....it is really a complex part of your brain. It is where you live. Scientists say that if you have a soul, it is in your temporal lobe.

The eyes are the window to the soul.  If you look in the mirror and don't see it clearly, then you dp'd your temporal lobe somehow.  The temporal lobe is "exquisitely prone to insult".

Psychoactive drugs can insult your temporal lobe and dp you.  40 years later, my temporal lobe shows the wear and tear on my EEGs.  It is obvious I had a history of epileptic seizure.

Not obvious to the good psychotherapist, however.  I saw 5 of them during my illness, and none ever offered to recommend me for an EEG, which would have revealed the problem.

But I  also saw 3 or 4 psychiatrists over those 40 years, and they never recommended me for an EEG either.  They, like the psychologists, were simply happy to treat me. (ineffectively)

But, one day I was googling through a British medical library reading neurological texts and journals when I found a rare epileptic syndrome which explained how a cluster of temporal

lobe seizures initiated by an epigastric aura can segue into an affective disorder of major depression in a worst case scenario.  I recognized those unique symptoms as mine in every detail.

I consulted a specialist in neurology and testing proved my self diagnosis.  At that point, I took over the treatment of my

illness and have lived happily ever after.  


how do you check for temporal epiliepsy, I asked my doctor bout it and he said I dont have it but he is retarded like wtf let me do the test you dingus.

#15 PerfectFifth


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Posted 17 June 2019 - 02:03 PM

I don't see why psychology should be effective for brain disorders. If there's something wrong with the brain, you should see a neurologist. If you have maladaptive thinking styles or belief systems, that's the purview of psychology.

This, so much this. If you have a neurological or any organic disease, how can you possibly hope to cure it by thinking? You can't cure diabetes or alzheimer's disease either by thinking it's going to go away or "getting in touch with repressed emotions". 

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Posted 06 October 2020 - 04:25 AM

This, so much this. If you have a neurological or any organic disease, how can you possibly hope to cure it by thinking? You can't cure diabetes or alzheimer's disease either by thinking it's going to go away or "getting in touch with repressed emotions".

okay, then why the fuck do negative emotions and thoughts cause a brain disease?

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