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Wed, Jan 30 11:42am · Rather worrying memory/processing symptoms at 23 years of age in Brain & Nervous System

I, too, was hoping against hope that the symptoms you mentioned were not that of a stroke, or a "mini stroke" ,"TIA." We are complicated creatures, but with the proper examination and further testing, I know you will get some answers. Prayers and warmest thoughts go out to you during this time.

Tue, Jan 29 11:39pm · Adults On The Autism Spectrum in Mental Health

I just want to thank everyone for the deep level of respect and honest caring that I feel from Auties and Neurotypicals alike. Please bear with me. I am trying my best to help my spouse who has just received a serious diagnosis, and my disabled daughter, who also may have some pulmonary issues which are evidenced by severe edema and pain. She is on oxygen 24/7. Both my daughter and my husband are on low salt, low carb diets. Appointments for them both this week and the next. Love and light to you all. Mamacita

Tue, Jan 29 10:51pm · Rather worrying memory/processing symptoms at 23 years of age in Brain & Nervous System

Welcome @maryb1996, to this wonderful gathering of people under the heading of Mayo Clinic Connect. Everything that has been said makes me nod my head in agreement. We have several things in common, you and I. Your experience with letters and numbers tumbling around is quite familiar to me. Years ago I was told I had some sort of issue with my eyes, where what I saw from each eye was mistranslated to my brain. Each eye a little different. Yellow lenses were suggested as a means to cope with my impairment, whose name I don't remember. I detest the world through yellow tinted lenses. So I just deal with the effects of whatever glitch I have. I might add, I am 67 years old. I majored in Psychology and Sociology in College. Mainly because I was trying to figure out my place in the world. I still find the study of the brain fascinating. I am not a medical practitioner by any means. However, I do believe that the members and volunteers here have brought up some very interesting points. A thorough examination by a competent physician who can order testing in a timely manner. So many conditions mimic each other, it is going to take someone very experienced, preferably someone with a University Teaching Hospital in his pocket. I mean that in the nicest way. If you are fairly close to one of Mayo Clinic's locations, I am confident you will be treated with respect and will be given the highest quality of care. These are all difficult decisions for anyone to make. But you are doing the right thing by researching and investigating as much as you can. I hope that you get some results soon, and let us know how you are doing. Mamacita

Mon, Jan 28 8:31pm · Agoraphobia in Mental Health

Hello,@blue81. Thank you for sharing your story! The folks here at Mayo Clinic Connect are great to "talk" to. Anxiety and I are quite close friends. Depression is my middle name, and although I was never officially diagnosed with Agoraphobia, I'm sure it was because I was too afraid to tell my doctors. I already was collecting labels, and felt I didn't need any more!

Oh, but the signs were there. "Fear of the Marketplace. My mother would drive to the store and insist that I get out. I would absolutely refuse. Then I would sit in fear of someone walking up to the parked car. I was terrified of people. I could not look them in the eyes. At the time, I did not realize that I was on the Autism Spectrum. Everything was too loud, too fast, and too painful. I couldn't wait to get back home. I did not know at the time, that I had extraordinarily developed sense of hearing.

Shopping Malls, large auditoriums, big churches, swimming pools filled with loud, happy people playing and having fun….not for me. I grew up different and when I got to the University I took every course they had . I wanted to understand myself and why I was so different from other people. I devoured every book I could get my hands on, trying to understand all my little quirks.

Sometimes early childhood trauma causes a natural fear reaction when we step out of our comfort zones. Year after year I sought counselors who could help me make sense of things.i had learned a few coping skills but just wasn't quite there yet. Then, maybe five years ago, I found a wonderful counseling group that used Cognitive BehavioralTherapy. This helped tremendously. I began to realize I was afraid of criticism. I cared way too much what other people thought of me. Once I realized I alone was responsible for how I felt about myself, I learned new ways of thinking and acting.

I tell people to find safe people and safe places. And build upon that. If we reach out for the light, it's warmth will fill us with a glow that warms our soul. We begin to see that we are worthy. That we are important. And we don't have to look people in the eye all the time! We can have joy. We can change our brain circuitry. We can walk out that front door and not be afraid. I hope some of this clicks with you. The New Mood Teherapy has been around for a long time but it is good stuff. Take good care of you! You are so welcome gere. No judging.


Sun, Jan 27 10:35am · Adults On The Autism Spectrum in Mental Health

@colleenyoung , thanks to you and all these wonderful people here. I know SirGalahad really appreciates the kind thoughts and words expressed. He is busy working and trying to process all that is happening.. He has to take good self care and protect himself from the kinds of things he endured awhile back. Social media, the regular media, groups, support groups, must be managed in such a way as to not overwhelm. He is a kind and caring soul who only wants to give back from the gifts Heaven has given him. He has much to share. Again thank you.

Thu, Jan 24 8:04pm · Adults On The Autism Spectrum in Mental Health

It iis with a heavy heart that I share this message with all of you from our friend and colleague, @sirgalahad. His sister Gillian received some very distressing news recently. She had some testing done and the results came back positive for cancer. Unfortunately, it is not localized in only one place. It is everywhere, and because of that, she is determined not to seek heroic efforts in the form of any kind of treatment.

Obviously, this has been very distressing for our Aussie friend. I know if my loved one was facing similar circumstances, I would want them to try anything and everything to get better. My own daughter is struggling even now with health issues that normally an elderly person would have. We try it all, and hope for the best.

Let's keep Sir G. In our thoughts and prayers, and send all the positive encouragement we can to him. He will appreciate it very much, I am certain. Thank you, Mayo Clinic Connect family. @lisalucier, @gingerw, @colleenyoung . Thank you all for being such a caring community.


Tue, Jan 22 9:01am · Morning Anxiety in Depression & Anxiety

@hopeful33250 , Teresa, that says it all! I have often wondered if my awesome PCP would have come to the conclusions he has. If I had not thoroughly answered his questions. Every time I see him he says "So tell me what's going on"

And I do! I used to paint a rather rosy picture, lest I be thrown into a padded room with those cute little straight jackets. (Make mine lavender, please!) But leaving out details of our stories doesn't really solve our problems, now does it? We must be straightforward with our medical practitioners. That means we search and research, check out the reviews on his/her website. We Google and study, and keep a detailed log of any symptoms we are having. Honestly, dont they always say, "So how long has this been going on?"

You don't want be be found guessing and fumbling around for those kinds of details. Good physicians base a lot of their judgements on how we "present." If we haven't shown enough interest to help our own selves, they frequently conclude it is simply not an issue and move on. Sadly, to our detriment.

I used to be terrified going to see the doctor. Any doctor. Now, I view it as an opportunity to learn and to share. Mindfulness helps here, as well. So, take a few deep, cleansing breaths, and walk into that waiting room with confidence. We can do this! You just be you. That is more than enough. And you are worth it!


Tue, Jan 22 8:44am · Adults On The Autism Spectrum in Mental Health

Thank you , @sirgalahad , for being a bridge between the ones who cannot verbally speak for themselves, for whatever reason. We can help them speak their minds in ways we might never have imagined. Technology, sign language, and ever increasing developments in neuroscience give us a promising future. It takes all of us, willing to step up and speak out. We become vulnerable because we must be to tell others about our lives. We are everywhere, from Sweet Home Alabama, to Australia and Germany. France and South Africa. Together we are better. Thank you, sir. Godspeed!