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Detached feeling- brain not working..?

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • June 4, 2010
  • 00:03 AM

I am 19 years old, female, 5'4" and about 150 lbs. I go to college but am on summer break.

This all started about 2 weeks before school got out. I got these wicked headaches behind my left eye and I would be lethargic all the time, and nausea would come along with the headaches. I contributed it to stress from finals and school ending so I didn't even think twice. I thought that once I got home everything would be better, because my summer schedule this year is virtually completely free all day every day.

When I got home, the headaches didn't stop. I still felt lethargic. I was still nauseous. About a week or so into my summer break, I noticed that I couldn't remember certain words. Even if someone said the word right before me, I wouldn't be able to get it out. I would be talking and not making sense. It felt like I couldn't control my mouth/what I was saying. I felt like I was getting dumber every day.

Then lately on top of all that I am feeling like I am not in control of my body. When I walk, I am not in control of how my feet move (which in return has changed my gait- now I walk pigeon toed which I have never done before). I walk/stand rigidly, as I feel I cannot move. Sometimes while driving, I accidentally drive on the wrong side of the road, or run a red light, but no matter how hard I want to change it, I can't control what my body does.

It feels like my brain blacks out for moments and goes on auto pilot. After these black out periods, I remember what happened (ex swerving to avoid a car) but I remember it as if it was someone else, not me. I cannot concentrate on tv, books, conversation, music. It is extremely difficult for me lately to comprehend simple sentences someone says to me- almost as if they are speaking a different language.

Also, during these black out periods, I see things and its like I can't distinguish if they are a hallucination or real. I am fearing for the safety of others (during my driving, etc) so any comments would be appreciated.

Anxiety is most likely not the issue because the symptoms dramatically got worse when I got home- into a completely stress free vacation like environment.


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